Ian Stewart was born in 1945 and educated at Cambridge and Warwick. He divides his time equally between research into nonlinear dynamics and furthering public awareness of mathematics. He is an Emeritus Professor at two universities and has held visiting positions in Germany, New Zealand, and the USA. He has five honorary doctorates and is an honorary wizard of Unseen University on Discworld.
He has also written several published SF novels and short stories and over 80 books of mathematics including "Casebook of Mathematical Mysteries", "Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities" and "Hoard of Mathematical Treasures".