Ivars Peterson is Director of Publications and Communications at the Mathematical Association of America. As a science writer, he previously worked at Science News for more than 25 years and served as editor of Science News Online and Science News for Kids. His books include The Mathematical Tourist, Islands of Truth, Newton's Clock, The Jungles of Randomness, and Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidoscope of Math and Art. He writes the "Mathematical Tourist" column and "MAA NumberADay" blog for the MAA website.
Peterson received his education from the University of Toronto, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in physics and chemistry) and a Bachelor of Education degree. He taught high school science and mathematics for eight years. In 1980, he left his teaching position to pursue a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, before coming to Science News.
In 1991, Ivars Peterson received the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics Communications Award recognizing him for his "exceptional ability and sustained effort in communicating mathematics to a general audience."