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Guest Suggestion: Marcus Du Sautoy
« on: January 09, 2009, 11:38:46 AM »
I don't know if he's well known outside the UK, but he's recently been elected to the Charles Simonyi Professorship for the Public Understanding of Science, succeeding Richard Dawkins.  The aim of the Professorship is to communicate science to the public without, in doing so, losing those elements of scholarship which constitute the essence of true understanding, or in the words of of Charles Simonyi himself:

"The goal is for the public to appreciate the order and beauty of the abstract and natural worlds which is there, hidden, layer-upon-layer. To share the excitement and awe that scientists feel when confronting the greatest of riddles. To have empathy for the scientists who are humbled by the grandeur of it all."

A bit of back ground:

Marcus Du Sautoy is a Professor of Mathematics from the University of Oxford who's work is mainly on group and number theory.  He's written two books popularising mathematics (The Music of the Primes and Finding Moonshine), presented a recent BBC documentary series (The Story Of Maths) and even hosted a game show (Mind Games) where in the tradition of some the best British game shows the contestants who were either well respected academics or TV personalities with an interest in science, logic and lateral thinking competed to solve tricky puzzles just for the fun of it.

Most importantly he's enthusiastic about the scientific world view and has a fun approach which could gel well with the Skeptics Guide which is often at it's most entertaining when the panel and guest get into a good banter.