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.

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.

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 |

Chapter 1: Conversation Stoppers and Mathematical Trauma (00:01:43)

Chapter 2: Teaching Mathematics (00:08:46)

Chapter 3: False Romanticism (00:18:46)

Chapter 4: Symmetry and Animals (00:23:20)

Chapter 5: Coloring Networks and Trotting Horses (00:34:51)

Chapter 6: How To Get Unstuck, and Other Good Advice (00:44:04)

Chapter 7: Gender Imbalance and Portuguese Mysteries (00:49:58)