Siobhan Roberts, photo by Christopher Wahl

Photo credit: Christopher Wahl

Siobhan Roberts is a Toronto-based journalist and author whose work focuses on mathematics and science. She currently contributes to The New Yorker “Elements” science blog, Quanta, Nautilus, and The Walrus. Over the years she has won a few National Magazine Awards, and her work has appeared in numerous publications including: Globe and Mail, the Guardian, National Post (on staff as a researcher, reporter, and features writer), Toronto Star, New York Times, Boston Globe, Toronto Life, Canadian Geographic, Smithsonian, Leonardo, Profile, The Mathematical Intelligencer, and Saturday Night.


Her latest book is Genius at Play, The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway (Bloosmbury, 2015). While writing the Conway biography, she was a Director’s Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, and a Fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography, at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. In 2017 she won the JPBM Communications Award for Expository and Popular Books, bestowed by the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America (putting her in good company with previous recipients James Gleick, Sylvia Nasar, and Nate Silver, among others).

Her previous books are Wind Wizard: Alan G. Davenport and the Art of Wind Engineering (Princeton University Press, 2012), and King of Infinite Space: Donald Coxeter, The Man Who Saved Geometry (Bloomsbury, 2006). King of Infinite Space won the Mathematical Association of America’s 2009 Euler Prize for expanding the public’s view of mathematics.

She also wrote and produced a documentary film about Coxeter, The Man Who Saved Geometry, for TVOntario’s The View From Here (September 2009).