The Joy of Mathematics
A conversation with Ian Stewart

Ian Stewart, mathematician and highly prolific writer, strongly disagrees with the common view that mathematics is uninteresting, and believes that much of its bad popular reputation is simply based upon a lack of understanding as to what it's really all about.

About Ian Stewart:
Biopic

Ian Stewart is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick and a highly successful popular-science and science-fiction writer. He was the first recipient of the Christopher Zeeman Medal for his work on the public promotion of mathematics.

Some Additional Resources:
Letters to a Young Mathematician

By Ian Stewart

Visions of Infinity: The Great Mathematical Problems

By Ian Stewart

In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World

By Ian Stewart

Why Beauty Is Truth: The History of Symmetry

By Ian Stewart

The Mathematics of Life

By Ian Stewart

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Video Chapters

Introduction (00:00)

Chapter 1: Conversation Stoppers and Mathematical Trauma (1:43)

Chapter 2: Teaching Mathematics (8:46)

Chapter 3: False Romanticism (18:45)

Chapter 4: Symmetry and Animals (23:19)

Chapter 5: Colouring Networks and Trotting Horses (34:50)

Chapter 6: How to Get Unstuck and Other Good Advice (44:03)

Chapter 7: Gender Imbalance and Portuguese Mysteries

Chapter 8: Mathematics Everywhere (58:15)

Credits (1:04:56)