Ian Stewart was born in 1945, educated at Cambridge (MA) and Warwick (PhD). He has five honorary doctorates (Open University, Westminster, Louvain, Kingston, and Brighton) and is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University. He has published over 120 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, III, and IV 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 and currently serves on Council, its governing body. His Letters to a Young Mathematician won the Peano Prize and The Symmetry Perspective won the Balaguer Prize. His app Incredible Numbers (Profile and TouchPress) wont the Digital Book World award for adult nonfiction, and he shared the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science with Steven Strogatz in 2015.
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.