Math professor honored with the George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) recently honored Steven Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics in the College of Arts & Sciences and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, as the 2019 recipient of the George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition.

“George Pólya was a great teacher, writer, and communicator of mathematics,” Strogatz said. “Being mentioned in the same breath with him is a tremendous honor.”

The George Pólya Prize for Mathematical Exposition is awarded every two years to an outstanding expositor of the mathematical sciences. The prize may be awarded for a specific work or for the cumulative impact of multiple expository works that communicate mathematics effectively. The prize was created in 2013 to emphasize George Pólya’s legacy of communicating mathematics effectively and includes an engraved medal and a monetary award of $10,000.

Strogatz was cited for “extensive and brilliant works conveying the fascination and the impact of mathematics to the general public through numerous books, newspaper and magazine articles, and radio, television, web, and video appearances, and for his important and influential textbook on nonlinear dynamics and chaos.”

The award ceremony will be held in July at the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Valencia, Spain.

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