Stephen Boyd, of convex optimization fame, was interviewed by Alberto Padoan in a recent episode of the InControl podcast. What follows is a short segment from their fascinating conversation. Stephen Boyd: A lot of people think, "What are the good parts about math, and why should you learn some?" One aesthetic in math is simplicity. Some people make stuff really complicated. There are some stories of a Russian mathematician who spends seven years working on a paper, and someone asks why. He says, "The proof used to be seven pages; now it's three-quarters of a page. Now I'm happy with it." There is this very clean and lean aesthetic in math. And I think it's actually guided me; I'm very attracted to it.

## Stephen Boyd on the use of theory, in practice

## Stephen Boyd on the use of theory, in…

## Stephen Boyd on the use of theory, in practice

Stephen Boyd, of convex optimization fame, was interviewed by Alberto Padoan in a recent episode of the InControl podcast. What follows is a short segment from their fascinating conversation. Stephen Boyd: A lot of people think, "What are the good parts about math, and why should you learn some?" One aesthetic in math is simplicity. Some people make stuff really complicated. There are some stories of a Russian mathematician who spends seven years working on a paper, and someone asks why. He says, "The proof used to be seven pages; now it's three-quarters of a page. Now I'm happy with it." There is this very clean and lean aesthetic in math. And I think it's actually guided me; I'm very attracted to it.