Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford where he holds the prestigious Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science and is a Fellow of New College. In 2010, Marcus was awarded an OBE for services to science.
Marcus also writes for The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian. He is a regular contributor to television and radio as well as ‘Mind Games’ on BBC 4, du Sautoy has presented three Horizon programmes on BBC2 – ‘The Hunt for AI’, ‘How Long is a Piece of String?’, and ‘What makes a Genius?’. He has also battled for a chance to perform at the Royal Opera House in BBC 2’s latest Maestro series, and was a weekly contributor on Dara O Briain: School of Hard Sums, which aired in early 2012 on Dave ‘A Brief History of Mathematics’ was Marcus’ ten-part series for Radio 4, profiling famous mathematicians. In 2001 he won the prestigious Berwick Prize from the London Mathematical Society, and in 2004 Esquire Magazine chose him as one of the 100 most influential people under 40 in Britain. The Guardian has described him as the ‘de facto public face of maths’.
Marcus’s first non-academic book, THE MUSIC OF THE PRIMES, was translated into 10 languages, and won major prizes in Italy and Germany as the best popular science book of the year this was followed in 2007 by FINDING MOONSHINE, an exploration of the importance of symmetry in everyday life.
Marcus’s third book, THE NUM8ER MY5TERIES, is adapted from the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures he gave in 2006. Fourth Estate (HarperCollins) published his fourth book, WHAT WE CANNOT KNOW, in May 2016, his fifth book, THE CREATIVITY CODE, in February 2019 and his sixth book, THINKING BETTER, in August 2021.
Marcus’s latest book, AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 GAMES, was published by HarperCollins in October 2023.
Marcus’ Marvellous Mathemagicians: http://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/notices/mathemagicians
‘Marcus du Sautoy [is] surely the single element in the Venn diagram intersection of “mathematician” and “cool” — The Guardian
‘If you have seen him lecture in the flesh, or perhaps watched his fabulous 2006 Royal Institution Christmas lectures on Channel 5, you will know that he looks a bit like the lead singer from Radiohead, plays the trumpet (and footy in a Sunday league) and that he is articulate, fluent, funny and personable. He is also absolutely passionate about mathematics, with a burning desire to make the rest of us as excited as he is about its problems, its patterns and its beauty’ — The Sunday Times