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...

One Week Till Publication! Upcoming Events

Publication date for The Book of Why is now just one week away! Here are some upcoming events and articles about our book. May 9: An interview of Judea will be published at Quanta. I will provide a link to the article as soon as it comes out. This is a...

Barbara Stoddard Burks: Pioneer in Causality

In honor of Women's History Month, I would like to tell the story of one of the truly unsung heroes of The Book of Why: Barbara Stoddard Burks, who was to our knowledge the first social scientist ever to use a causal diagram. The early years of the 20th century were a...

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,...

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...

Old Journalism Meets New Journalism!

Today I had the privilege of being interviewed for a science podcast called Strongly Connected Components, moderated by Samuel Hansen. "Strongly Connected Components" focuses mostly on mathematics (in fact, the name is a mathematical term), and a typical episode...

Reviews and e-Book News, continued

In my last post I forgot to address the second part of the title of the post. I have news! I found out today that the U.S. co-publisher and the U.K co-publisher have reached an agreement on electronic rights and that there will be an e-book version of The Universe in...

Reviews and e-Book News

A new review of The Universe in Zero Words has been posted on The Math Less Traveled, a blog by Brent Yorgey. I love it when I see a review that is completely, 100 percent positive, because then I don't have to reply to anything, I can just tell you to go read it!...

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