Puzzle guru John Chaneski rocks his famous "nrd" shirt at the World Science Festival taping of Ask Me Another at The Bell House in Brooklyn. i

Puzzle guru John Chaneski rocks his famous "nrd" shirt at the World Science Festival taping of Ask Me Another at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Greg Kessler/World Science Festival hide caption

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Puzzle guru John Chaneski rocks his famous "nrd" shirt at the World Science Festival taping of Ask Me Another at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

Puzzle guru John Chaneski rocks his famous "nrd" shirt at the World Science Festival taping of Ask Me Another at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

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Solving For X: Live From The 2013 World Science Festival

Strap on your safety goggles: we're turning up the Bunsen burners for a special math and science-themed episode. Our V.I.P., mathematician Steven Strogatz, is on a mission to prove that math isn't scary, but actually joyful.

Strap on your safety goggles: we're turning up the Bunsen burners for a special math and science-themed episode, recorded at the 2013 World Science Festival. Play games that contain a Periodic Table spelling bee, turn pop songs into algebraic equations, and imagine if Greek goddesses had their own franchise of Real Housewives. Plus, our Very Important Puzzler, Cornell University math professor Steven Strogatz, is on a mission to prove that math isn't scary, but actually joyful.

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"I started making up questions for myself that I didn't know the answer to, just for the fun of getting back into that euphoric feeling of being puzzled and wanting to solve it." — Steven Strogatz, on how his habits changed after solving a challenging word problem in grade school Greg Kessler/World Science Festival hide caption

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Steven Strogatz: The Joy Of 'X'

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