Science Podcast Posted, plus Facing the Public

Today Jen Golbeck's interview with Judea and me for the Science (magazine) Podcast went up, and you can listen to it here. (Alternatively, for the next 7 days, you can also go to the main Science magazine website at www.sciencemag.org and scroll down to the podcast.)...

Podcast Interview Coming Up!

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, publishers of Science magazine, also have a weekly podcast, called (of course) the Science Podcast. I'm pleased to announce that The Book of Why will be the featured book two weeks from now, in the last week of...

Book Reading, Puppies and Bunnies Too!

Earlier this week I gave a presentation based on The Book of Why at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley, where I have been a journalist in residence for the last eight weeks. It was very similar to my presentation at the Aptos Library in...

Bestsellers and Goodsellers: A One-Month Retrospective

Some of my very well-meaning friends are saying that I "wrote a New York Times bestseller." I'm very flattered, but er, um, that's not quite true. Here's a post from my chess blog that explains why "reviewed in the New York Times" is different from "New York Times...

Eavesdropping on Facebook

I have to pass along this wonderful conversation about The Book of Why that took place on Facebook. A friend of mine sent me a link to it; I do not know any of the commenters personally. More than any sales numbers or Amazon rankings, this conversation warmed my heart...

Number 2 Science Book in America

News flash: The Book of Why is now #86 among all hardcover books on Amazon #18 among all science and math books on Amazon #2 among all hardcover science and math books on Amazon (behind only The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli)!!!! Dreams don't usually come true at...

On Co-Authorship

One of my readers (Dan) asked if I could write a little bit about the process of co-writing a book. I'm happy to oblige! First, how did Judea and I get in touch in the first place? A lot of people have asked this. The long version of the story is on my main web page,...

Chart Watching

Tuesday, May 15, was an unforgettable day for me: the launch date for The Book of Why, the book I have been working on with Judea Pearl for the last three years. I've never been lucky enough to see a baby born, but I think that the "birth" of a book is similar in some...

The Book Recommended by Two Out of Three Kittens

With the official publication date of The Book of Why one day away, I kept wondering: What else can I do to make it a viral hit? Yesterday, the answer hit me. Just add kittens! Who can resist a book that has been endorsed by two out of three kittens? Archie and...

Reviews of The Book of Why

Here is a chronological list of reviews of The Book of Why that I know about. Readers are invited to send me any that I have missed. New York Times, "The Book of Why" Examines the Science of Cause and Effect, 6/1/2018. This was our first serious, in-depth...

Podcast Interview Coming Up!

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, publishers of Science magazine, also have a weekly podcast, called (of course) the Science Podcast. I'm pleased to announce that The Book of Why will be the featured book two weeks from now, in the last week of...

Chart Watching

Tuesday, May 15, was an unforgettable day for me: the launch date for The Book of Why, the book I have been working on with Judea Pearl for the last three years. I've never been lucky enough to see a baby born, but I think that the "birth" of a book is similar in some...

Prize Nomination, New Book

Whew! (Stamp, stamp.) I guess I was away for a little bit longer than I expected. Three years, has it been? Well, let me put some tea on the stove and then I'll tell you about what has happened since my last visit. Ah, that's better. Well then, last time I was here,...

The Big Splat: A Fond Look Back, and Lessons Learned

Today I'd like to tell you the behind-the-scenes story of my first book, The Big Splat, or How Our Moon Came to Be, which celebrated its tenth year in print a few months ago. As you'll read below, The Big Splat has sort of been "put out to pasture" by its original...

Scientific American article published

For years there has been one writing credit missing from my resume. I like to tell people that I have written for all the magazines that have "Science" in the title: Science, American Scientist, New Scientist, Science News (assuming you count their Web publication...

Give-away time!

Time for another Goodreads giveaway! From Tuesday, May 21 through Friday, June 7, you can go to www.goodreads.com and enter to win a free copy of my latest book, What's Happening in the Mathematical Sciences. I'm offering three free copies. Last summer I had a...

Chess article published on Story Collider

Today I had an article published that was a little bit out of the ordinary, or perhaps way out of the ordinary for me. It's called The Departed Queen, and it was posted on a website called Story Collider. It's about the best chess game of my life, along with the...

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