# What can math reveal about our world and ourselves?

**Steven Strogatz **is an applied mathematician who works in the areas of nonlinear dynamics and complex systems, often on topics inspired by the curiosities of everyday life. He loves finding math in places where you’d least expect it—and then using it to illuminate life’s mysteries, big and small. For example: Why is it so hard to fall asleep a few hours before your regular bedtime? When you start chatting with a stranger on a plane, why is it so common to find that you have a mutual acquaintance? What can twisting a rubber band teach us about our DNA? An award-winning teacher and communicator, Strogatz enjoys sharing the beauty of math though his writings, public lectures, and radio and television appearances. Bio for Steven Strogatz →

- io9January 14, 2015