Scientists & engineers on sofas (and other furnishings): Math and its infinite connections

Two parts math and one part writer make Jordan Ellenberg a very readable mathematician. Yes, Ellenberg is a professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard Unviersity, however, he also holds an MFA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. So when he penned his book, "How Not to be Wrong," about math's impact on day-to-day life, it became a popular read. In fact, Bill Gates included it in his summer reading list, summarizing, “Ellenberg explains how math plays into our daily lives without our even knowing it.” After a lecture at the National Science Foundation (NSF) on geometries and lotteries, Ivy Kupec from NSF sat down with this enthusiastic researcher/writer to learn more.

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