In his work in applied mathematics, Steven Strogatz studies the way math and biology intersect.

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Steven Strogatz studies some of the most interesting problems in applied mathematics -- such as the intersection of math and biology, looking for patterns in the human sleep-wake cycle or in swarms of blinking fireflies.

He's been looking at nonlinear dynamics and chaos applied to physics, engineering and biology, and branching out into new areas, such as explorating 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.

Strogatz' work has been in the news as British engineers released the definitive paper on the Millenium Bridge wobble,  and its roots in how people walk on an unpredictable surface.

In 2012, he re-examined the "birthday problem" >>

Steven Strogatz’s TED talk

Steven Strogatz on the TED Blog

Why things sync up: Steven Strogatz on TED.com

December 22, 2008

Mathematician Steven Strogatz shows how flocks of creatures (like birds, fireflies and fish) manage to synchronize and act as a unit — when no one’s giving orders. The powerful tendency extends into the realm of objects, too. (Recorded February 2004 in Monterey, California. Duration: 21:59.) Watch Steven Strogatz’s talk on TED.com, where you can download […]

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Quotes from Steven Strogatz

Fireflies in North America, like so many North American sorts of things, tend to be independent operators. They ignore each other.
Steven Strogatz
TED2004 • 533K views Dec 2008
Fascinating, Informative
For some reason we take pleasure in synchronizing.
Steven Strogatz
TED2004 • 533K views Dec 2008
Fascinating, Informative
It’s a deep tendency toward order in nature that opposes what we’ve all been taught about entropy. I’m not saying the law of entropy is wrong — it’s not. But there is a countervailing force in the universe — the tendency towards spontaneous order.
Steven Strogatz
TED2004 • 533K views Dec 2008
Fascinating, Informative