In the last few weeks, as we've watched the coronavirus pandemic evolve, I've thought so many times of this interview from last year that I decided to release it again, off-schedule. If you missed it the first time, or are more curious now that we're hearing about statistics and mathematical models on the news so often, it's well worth another listen.
We think of creativity as something associated with the arts—dance, music, poetry, etc. That's why I wanted to talk to Robert Smith?, a mathematician who creates models that help improve disease control. He gained some fame a few years back for modeling zombie outbreaks—and that work has proven useful in the real world. Robert has also written several books about Doctor Who. If you're skeptical about math as a creative pursuit, or a math agnostic/atheist yourself (I hear you!), I promise you'll see things differently once you listen to this interview.