Strogatz, Steven H.

Steven H. Strogatz

Steven Strogatz

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

Articles: Why Pi Matters
BooksThe Joy of x (Mariner, 2013), Infinite Powers (Houghton-Mifflin, 2019)
Google Scholar

References within pages on this website:
List of scholars
Strogatz on the Fourier Transform
Nexus of Transformation (August 2, 2019)
Pi is fundamental to everything
Cubic Close Packing (ccp)

Pi Day is 3.14… March 14

Most recent email: Friday, 12 March 2021

You might appreciate the audacity:

Are you published this year regarding pi?


Fourth email: Friday, 5 April 2019

Of three related articles, today’s has a reference to your work and a link
to this page with even more references to your work: (this page)

These are the three related articles: (April 5. ) (Wednesday, April 3) (Tuesday, April 2)

At some point in time, the evidence will become
compelling enough, our scholarly community may begin to address it;
and at that time, perhaps Wheeler’s comments will become true:
“Behind it all is surely an idea so simple, so beautiful, that
when we grasp it — in a decade, a century, or a millennium —
we will all say to each other, how could it have been otherwise?”


Best wishes always,

Third email: Friday, March 1, 2019

RE: Why Pi Matters, The New Yorker, March 13, 2015

Dear Prof. Dr. Steven Strogatz:

Out of your article, seemingly written with just a little impatience for the contrivance or forced-fit, Pi-to-Pi Day, you so brilliantly empowered learning about the Fourier series and for that I am most grateful.

On our bulletin board is a clip out of that article (attached). Beside it are three related dynamic images from our researching the generation of the sine and cosine waves.

Thanks again for all your work and inspiration.


PS. Posted on the bulletin board: Excerpt from Why Pi Matters, and three dynamic images. We have to go full circle, inside and out, to begin to understand the dynamics of strings.

FourierCircles and Spheres
Second email: Friday, December 18, 2015

Dear Prof. Dr. Steven Strogatz:

Congratulations on all you do.* Just wonderful.

My late-in-life exploratory was a result of helping a nephew with his high school geometry classes. We were charting the Planck base units to their natural
limits using base-2. It’s been fascinating.

Thanks again for your scholarship. Most helpful.

Most sincerely,
Bruce Camber

*Of course, your book, The Joy of x (linked above), is everybody’s favorite.

First email: December 1, 2014

Dear Prof. Dr. Steven Strogatz-

I had been reading about you and I just tweeted:
“@stevenstrogatz Why not start with the most simple? …Planck Length?
Though an infinitesimal length, just double it and each result 202.34 times and we are out to the approximate size of the universe.”

I like your spirit and the way you write about math and life.

Now, it seems impossible, but applying base-2 exponential notation to the Planck base units, there are 101 notations to the width of a typical hair (103 to the human egg), and then another 101 or so to the approximate size of the Observable Universe. Kees Boeke did something like it in 1957 using base-10 in what he thought were 40 jumps (his book, Cosmic View).

There’s something going on here. And, given you are an open person with all the cards on the table, face up, it would be great to hear your thoughts:

If there is any merit here, might we talk a little about it? Thanks.

Most sincerely,

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