Ian Stewart was born in 1945, educated at Cambridge (MA) and Warwick (PhD). He has four honorary doctorates (Open University, Westminster, Louvain, and Kingston) and is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University. He has published over 80 books including Mathematics of Life, Professor Stewart’s Hoard of Mathematical Treasures, Professor Stewart’s Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities, Why Beauty is Truth, Flatterland, What Shape is a Snowflake?, Nature’s Numbers, Does God Play Dice?, and the bestselling series The Science of Discworld I, II, and III with Terry Pratchett and Jack Cohen.
His awards include the Royal Society’s Faraday Medal, the Gold Medal of the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, the Public Understanding of Science Award of the AAAS, and the LMS/IMA Zeeman Medal. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001. His Letters to a Young Mathematician won the Peano Prize and The Symmetry Perspective won the Balaguer Prize. He has also written two science fiction novels Wheelers and Heaven with Jack Cohen. He makes frequent radio and television appearances, including the 1997 Christmas Lectures. He is an active research mathematician with over 180 published papers, and works on pattern formation, chaos, network dynamics, and biomathematics.