Mathematics radio show host Steven Strogatz to lecture at UNR

RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Steven Strogatz is a popular mathematics radio show host, author, New York Times columnist and a frequent guest on National Public Radio's RadioLab and will be at the University of Nevada, Reno on Apr. 4.

Strogatz will be presenting a public lecture, "Doing Math in Public," at the UNR on April 4. The 7 p.m. lecture is part of the College of Science's annual Discover Science Lecture Series.

As an applied mathematics professor at Cornell University, his work, among other things, involves mathematical explorations of the small-world phenomenon in social networks (popularly known as "six degrees of separation") and its generalization to other complex networks in nature and technology; the role of crowd synchronization in the wobbling of London's Millennium Bridge on its opening day; and the dynamics of structural balance in social systems.

After graduating summa cum laude in mathematics from Princeton in 1980, Strogatz studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He did his doctoral work in applied mathematics at Harvard, followed by a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard and Boston University. From 1989 to 1994, Strogatz taught in the Department of Mathematics at MIT. He joined the Cornell faculty in 1994.

Admission is free. Lectures are held in the Redfield Auditorium, Davidson Mathematics and Science Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Parking is reserved for the event on the upper level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex. For more information, call 775-784-4591 or visit the College of Science Web pages at