Siobhan Roberts

Siobhan Roberts is a Toronto journalist and author whose work focuses on mathematics and science.  Her new book is Genius at Play, The Curious Mind of John Horton Conway (Bloosmbury, July 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.


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).

And she is the recipient of four National Magazine Awards in the science and technology longform features category (two Silver; two Honourable Mention). Her work has appeared in numerous publications including: Globe and Mail, New York Times, Toronto Star, Boston Globe, National Post (on staff as a researcher, reporter, and features writer), The Walrus, Toronto Life, Canadian Geographic, Smithsonian, Leonardo, The Mathematical Intelligencer, and (the sorely missed) Saturday Night.


Photo by Christopher Wahl.