“Sharpen your pencils, dust off your abacus and join me once again for a few weeks of mind-bending pleasure. No, I'm not speaking about politics,” writes Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics, of Me, Myself and Math. “We'll focus on how the subject I love - math - relates to the subject we all love - ourselves.
“From the DNA that encodes us, to the fingerprints that characterize us, to our place in the universe and our friend counts on Facebook, we are mathematical marvels. In the coming weeks we'll see what math can reveal about us and our world, and at the same time, how the wonders of us have inspired advances in math. No specialized knowledge or background will be required, just curiosity and a sense of fun.”