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!...

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...

Help Save Capitola Book Cafe!

One of Santa Cruz County's independent booksellers, the Capitola Book Café, has just launched a fund-raising campaign called Survive & Thrive. Not to put too fine a point on it, they are in danger of going out of business. That's the "survive" part. But at the same...

Eclipse!

Eclipses, such as the partial (annular) solar eclipse that was seen in the western U.S. yesterday, are one of my favorite opportunities for participatory science. It's commonly said that to watch a solar eclipse, you need to look at the image of the sun through a...

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