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...

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...

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...

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