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The Joy of Why

Steven Strogatz and Quanta Magazine
Life SciencesScience

The mathematician and author Steven Strogatz interviews leading researchers about the great scientific and mathematical questions of our time.


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4.9 out of 5 stars from 492 ratings
  • Fascinating and engaging

    What a great listen. I especially admire the depth and quality of the discussions - it's ambitious to tackle difficult topics without being superficial. The episodes are also so friendly and approachable, and feel purposeful. Guaranteed to delight inquisitive minds! Thank you.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma month ago
  • Love this!!

    Amazing podcast

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 months ago
  • Fabulous Weekly “Ride” in Math and Science!

    Outstanding podcast! Dr. Strogatz does a great service to obtaining insights from those in the trenches of knowledge creation and insight generation who are specialists in their fields of math and science. more

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    Quest for Knowledge & Insight
    United States2 months ago
  • Love this podcast

    I love learning something new every day! Very well done.

    Apple Podcasts
    Penny Weber
    United States4 months ago
  • One of the best podcasts I’ve ever listened to

    Steve Strogatz’s patient, insightful, and playful questioning makes this whirlwind tour through the bleeding edge of science, mathematics, and thought an absolute pleasure to listen to. I’m eagerly awaiting new episodes!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom5 months ago

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