- Ian Stewart (mathematician)
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birth_date = 1945, aged 62

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alma_mater =Churchill College, Cambridge University of Warwick

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footnotes =**Ian Nicholas Stewart**(born1945 ) is a professor ofmathematics atUniversity of Warwick , England, and a widely known popular-science and science-fiction writer.**Biography**Stewart was born in 1945 in England. While in the

sixth form at school, Stewart came to the attention of the mathematics teacher. The teacher had Stewart sit mock A-level examinations without any preparation along with the upper-sixth students; Stewart placed first in the examination. This teacher arranged for Stewart to be admitted to Cambridge on a scholarship to Churchill College, where he obtained a BA in Mathematics. Stewart then went to the University of Warwick for hisPhD , on completion of which in 1969 he was offered an academic position. He is now Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick. He is one of the world's most famous mathematicians, with significant contributions tocatastrophe theory .Stewart has held visiting academic positions in Germany (1974), New Zealand (1976), and the U.S. (

University of Connecticut 1977–78,University of Houston 1983–84).In 1995 Stewart received the

Michael Faraday Medal and in 1997 he gave theRoyal Institution Christmas Lectures . He was elected to theRoyal Society in 2001.He has collaborated with Dr Jack Cohen and

Terry Pratchett on threepopular science books based on Pratchett'sDiscworld . In 1999Terry Pratchett made both Jack Cohen and Professor Ian Stewart "Honorary Wizards of the Unseen University" at the same ceremony at which the University of Warwick gave Terry Pratchett anhonorary degree .Stewart has published more than 140 scientific papers, including a series of influential papers co-authored with Jim Collins on [

*http://www.bu.edu/abl/publications_2.html#cno coupled oscillators and the symmetry of animal gaits*] .Stewart was married to his wife, Avril, in 1970. They met at a party at a house Avril was renting while she trained as a nurse. They have two sons. Fact|date=August 2008

**Bibliography of his publications**Stewart has published in journals that have included "

Scientific American ", "New Scientist ", and "Nature".*"

Another Fine Math You've Got Me Into "

*"Concepts of Modern Mathematics "

*"Does God Play Dice? The New Mathematics of Chaos "

*"Game, Set and Math "

*"Fearful Symmetry"

*"Figments of Reality ", with Jack Cohen

*"Flatterland ", ISBN 0-7382-0442-0, Perseus Books Group, April 2001. (SeeFlatland )

*"From Here to Infinity", first published as "The Problems of Mathematics"

*"Life's Other Secret "

*"Math Hysteria ", ISBN 0-19-861336-9, Oxford University Press, June 2004

*"Nature's Numbers "

*"The Collapse of Chaos ", with Jack Cohen

*"The Magical Maze " (1998) ISBN 0-471-35065-6

*"The Problems of Mathematics "

*"The Science of Discworld ", with Jack Cohen andTerry Pratchett

*"", with Jack Cohen andTerry Pratchett

*"", with Jack Cohen andTerry Pratchett

*"What is Mathematics? " – originally byRichard Courant andHerbert Robbins , second edition by Ian Stewart

*"Wheelers", with Jack Cohen (fiction)

*"Heaven", with Jack Cohen, ISBN 0-446-52983-4, Aspect, May 2004 (fiction)

*"", with Jack Cohen. Second edition published as "What Does a Martian Look Like? The Science of Extraterrestrial Life"

*"Letters to a Young Mathematician ", ISBN 0-465-08231-9, Basic Books, May 2006

*"Algebraic number theory and Fermat's last theorem" 3rd Edition, I. Stewart, D Tall. A. K. Peters (2002) ISBN 1-56881-119-5

*"Galois Theory" 3rd Edition, Chapman and Hall (2000) ISBN 1-58488-393-6 [*http://flash.lakeheadu.ca/~avantuyl/courses/oldcourses/Stewart_Corrections.pdf "Galois Theory" Errata*]

*"" (2007) ISBN 0-46508-236-X**elect quotations*** From "What Does a Martian Look Like? The Science of Extraterrestrial Life"::" [S] cience is the best defense against believing what we want to."

* From "

Does God Play Dice? The New Mathematics of Chaos " on the concept offungibility and how it applies to science:: "Lawyers have a concept known as 'fungibility'. Things are fungible if substituting one for another has no legal implications. For example, cans of baked beans with the same manufacturer and the same nominal weight are fungible: you have no legal complaint if the shop substitutes a different can when the assistant notices that the one you've just bought is dented. The fact that the new can contains 1,346 beans, whereas the old one contained 1,347, is legally irrelevant.:That's what `take as given' means, too. Explanations that climb the

reductionist hierarchy are cascades of fungibilities. Such explanations are comprehensible, and thus convincing, only because each stage in the story relies only upon particular simple features of the previous stage. The complicated details a level or two down do not need to be carried upwards indefinitely. Such features are intellectual resting-points in the chain of logic. Examples include the observation that atoms can be assembled into many complex structures, making molecules possible, and the complicated but elegant geometry of theDNA double helix that permits the `encoding' of complex `instructions' for making organisms. The story can then continue with the computational abilities of DNA coding, onward and upward to goats, without getting enmeshed in thequantum wave function s ofamino acids .:What we tend to forget, when told a story with this structure, is that it could have had many different beginnings. Anything that lets us start from the molecular level would have done just as well. A totally different subatomic theory would be an equally valid starting-point for the story, provided it led to the same general feature of a replicable molecule.

Subatomic particle theory is fungible when viewed from the level of goats. It has to be, or else we would never be able to keep a goat without first doing a Ph.D. insubatomic physics."**External links*** [

*http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/maths/people/staff/Ian_Stewart/ Professor Ian Stewart, FRS*]

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* [*http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/page.asp?id=1784#1995 Michael Faraday prize winners 2004–1986*]

* [*http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/view_fellow.cfm?FID=1748 Directory of Fellows of the Royal Society: Ian Stewart*]

* [*http://www.twbookmark.com/authors/30/2010/ Ian Stewart Profile*]

* [*http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3472179.stm What does a Martian look like? Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart set out to find the answers*]

* [*http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/744019.stm Ian Stewart on space exploration by NASA*]

* [*http://www.claymath.org/Popular_Lectures/Minesweeper/ Ian Stewart on Minesweeper*] one of the [*http://www.claymath.org/millennium/ Millennium mathematics problems*]

* [*http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/NE1000000081565/ Press release about Terry Pratchett "Wizard Making" of Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart at the University of Warwick*]

* [*http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/?podcastItem=discworld_podcast.mp3 Interview with Ian Stewart on the Science of Discworld series*]

* [*http://www.cvillepodcast.com/2007/04/28/crn-mathematician-ian-stewart-discusses-the-power-of-symmetry/ Audio Interview with Ian Stewart on April 25, 2007 from WINA's Charlottesville Right Now*]

* [*http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/audio/more/symmetry/ Podcast series with Ian Stewart on the history of symmetry*]

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