Session I: Steven Strogatz and Network Theory

Steven Strogatz joins us to discuss the science of complex network theory and some of its amazing applications to life, nature, society and markets.


Date: Thursday, March 19th, 2009. 6 - 8pm

Location: The University Club - One West 54th Street, NYC

Dress Code: Jacket and Tie

Other: Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served 



Steven Strogatz studies some of the most interesting problems in applied mathematics, such as the intersection of math and biology, looking for patterns in the human sleep-wake cycle or in swarms of blinking fireflies. 


More recently, he has been looking at nonlinear dynamics and chaos applied to physics, engineering and biology, and branching out into new areas, such as the exploration of the small-world phenomenon in social networks (popularly known as "six degrees of separation") and its generalization to other complex networks in nature and technology.


Notably, Strogatz' work has been in the news explaining the science behind the Millenium Bridge wobble and how people walk on an unpredictable surface. See video below of the actual wobble.



STEVEN STROGATZ is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics and Professor of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Cornell University. He is the author of the best selling textbook Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos: With Applications to Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Engineering and the tradebook Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order. He has produced and filmed 24 lectures on Chaos through the Great Courses series.

His seminal research on human sleep and circadian rhythms, scroll waves, coupled oscillators, synchronous fireflies, Josephson junctions, and small-world networks has been featured in Nature, Science, Scientific American, the New York Times, US News and World Report, New Yorker, Discover, American Scientist, Science News, Newsweek, Die Zeit, and London's Daily Telegraph, and broadcast on BBC Radio, National Public Radio, CBS News, and numerous other mass media outlets.

Millenium Bridge Wobbling



Power of Six Degrees - 2 minute overview


Documentary on Network Theory - 9 Minutes

Additional Clips and Strogatz' Most Recent Book

Strogatz and Carlos Ratti discuss how natural and sociocultural complexity resolve into vast webs of order - 9 Minutes.

Strogatz lectured at TED Conference: How things in nature tend to sync up - 20 Minutes.