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Brian Hayes is an American scientist, columnist and author.

He is a senior writer and regular columnist for the magazine American Scientist, and was editor in chief for the magazine from 1990 to 1992. He has also edited and written columns for Scientific American, as well as writing for Computer Language and The Sciences.[1] He won a National Magazine Award for his essay "Clock of Ages" in 2000.[2]

He is the author of three books:

  • Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape (W. W. Norton, 2005, ISBN 978-0-393-32959-9; revised and updated edition: W.W. Norton, 2014, ISBN 978-0393349832).[3][4]
  • Group Theory in the Bedroom, and Other Mathematical Diversions (Hill and Wang, 2008; Macmillan, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8090-5217-2).[5][6]
  • Foolproof, and Other Mathematical Meditations (MIT Press, 2017, ISBN 9780262036863


  1. ^ Brian Hayes: Biography, American Scientist.
  2. ^ "Winners and Finalists Database | ASME". Retrieved 2017-12-27.
  3. ^ Rossi, Jim (October 25, 2005), "Brian Hayes' Infrastructure offers a tour of the "unnatural" side of America", Grist.
  4. ^ "Industrial structures", Architectural Science Review, September 1, 2006.
  5. ^ Lippincott, Sara (May 11, 2008), "Let them eat pi: Group Theory in the Bedroom And Other Mathematical Diversions", Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Athitakis, Mark (April 11, 2008), "How things add up", Star Tribune.

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