A Great List to Be On

This morning, my co-author Judea Pearl sent me an e-mail: "Did you know about this?" Well, no, I didn't. Here's what "this" means: http://s3.amazonaws.com/scifri-segments/scifri201812076.mp3 Science Friday, probably the nation's most-listened-to radio show for science...

The Book of Many Titles Returns

Once upon a time, I wrote a book. Interestingly, the idea for the book was not mine. A book packager named Elwin Street Productions, in London, came to me with a proposal for a history of the greatest equations in mathematics. The book came out in 2012 as The Universe...

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...

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!...

Article in This Month’s Smithsonian

I'm delighted to share the news that I wrote an article that appears in this month's (November 2012) issue of Smithsonian, the one with a picture of Abraham Lincoln on the cover. One of the regular departments in Smithsonian is called "Phenomenon." In it they invite...

Review at The Guardian

The latest review of The Universe in Zero Words has just come out at The Guardian's website, on a blog written by GrrlScientist. Here's the link! Here are a couple of encouraging comments from The Grrl herself: Comprised of short lively vignettes that are part...

Review of the Competition

Last week I received a double dose of good news. In my last post I mentioned the very positive comments about my book in the New York Times "Numberplay" blog. (Also see the followup post that came out yesterday.) In the same week, my book was also reviewed in SIAM...

Non-Euclidean Geometry of Whales

Today the big event I've been waiting for finally took place! A post called The Non-Euclidean Geometry of Whales went online on Gary Antonick's blog, Numberplay, at the New York Times. The post includes two puzzles (one easy, one harder) based on a chapter in my book,...

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