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Ian Stewart

AKA Ian Nicholas Stewart

Born: 24-Sep-1945
Birthplace: Folkestone, Kent, England

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Mathematician, Scientist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Catastrophe theory

Ian Stewart is an expert on catastrophe theory and a professor at the University of Warwick, and he is probably best known beyond academia for his frequent appearances on television and radio as an explainer and popularizer of science. He has also written several science fiction novels, numerous sci-fi short stories, and a series of French-language mathematics-based comic books.

Wife: Avril Stewart (m. 1970, two sons)

    University: BA Mathematics, Churchill College, Cambridge University (1966)
    University: MA Mathematics, Churchill College, Cambridge University (1967)
    University: PhD Mathematics, University of Warwick (1969)
    Professor: Mathematics, University of Warwick

    Faraday Prize 1995
    London Mathematical Society
    Royal Society 2001

Author of books:
Catastrophe Theory and Its Applications (1978, non-fiction, with Tim Poston)
Singularities and Groups in Bifurcation Theory (1988, non-fiction, with Martin Golubitsky and David Schaeffer)
Singularity Theory and its Applications (1989, non-fiction, with M. Roberts)
Game, Set, and Math (1991, non-fiction)
Another Fine Math You've Got Me Into (1992, non-fiction)
Fearful Symmetry (1993, non-fiction, with Martin Golubitsky)
The Collapse of Chaos (1995, non-fiction, with Jack Cohen)
Concepts of Modern Mathematics (1995, non-fiction)
Figments of Reality (1995, non-fiction, with Jack Cohen)
Nature's Numbers (1995, non-fiction)
From Here to Infinity (1996, non-fiction)
The Magical Maze: Seeing the World through Mathematical Eyes (1998, non-fiction)
Does God Play Dice? The Mathematics of Chaos (1989, non-fiction)
Life's Other Secret (1999, non-fiction)
Reinventing the Wall (1999, science fiction)
The Science of Discworld (1999, with Terry Pratchett and Jack Cohen)
Wheelers (2000, sci-fi novel, with Jack Cohen)
The Annotated Flatland (2001, annotation of Edwin A. Abbott's work)
Flatterland (2001, science fiction)
What Shape is a Snowflake? (2001, non-fiction)
The Science of Discworld II: The Globe (2002, with Terry Pratchett and Jack Cohen)
The Symmetry Perspective (2002, non-fiction, with Martin Golubitsky)
What Does a Martian Look Like? (a.k.a. Evolving the Alien) (2003, non-fiction, with Jack Cohen)
Heaven (2004, sci-fi novel, with Jack Cohen)
Math Hysteria (2004, non-fiction)
The Mayor of Uglyville’s Dilemma (2005, non-fiction)
The Science of Discworld III: Darwin’s Watch (2005, with Terry Pratchett and Jack Cohen)
How to Cut a Cake (2006, non-fiction)
Letters to A Young Mathematician (2006, non-fiction)
Why Beauty Is Truth: A History of Symmetry (2007, non-fiction)

Wrote plays:
The Microbotic Revolution (1994)


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