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,...

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,...

New Interview on Irish Radio!

Last week the Irish radio station, RTÉ Lyric FM, broadcast a three-part interview with me on a program called The Culture File, hosted by Luke Clancy. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to record this interview about my book, The Universe in Zero Words, because...

Goodreads Giveaway!

My Goodreads book giveaway has begun! You have three weeks to enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of The Universe in Zero Words. I am offering three copies. So far, in the first 12 hours of the promotion, there are 64 entrants. The deadline for entry is...

National Academy of Sciences report published!

In 2010 I was invited to write a glossy brochure for a committee of the National Academy of Sciences called "Mathematics in the Year 2025." The committee was charged with making recommendations for government support of mathematics over the next decade or so. My job...

Capitola Book Cafe update

I have some exciting news to pass along about Capitola Book Cafe's "Survive & Thrive" campaign. As I wrote earlier, they were trying to raise $285,000 by June 30 in order to keep their for-profit business going and also to start a non-profit affiliate for community...

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