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...

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...

Photo, paperback, and other updates

My editor for the American Mathematical Society, Ed Dunne, took this photo recently when he was visiting Washington University in St. Louis. I’m delighted to see that The Universe in Zero Words is still on the shelves after a year, and keeping such good company!...

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...

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...

First column for Slate published

Today my first article for Slate, What’s the Best Jury Size?, was posted. I’m pretty excited because this is a new venue for me, and one that has a very large audience. While Slate started out as a website that was mostly about politics and culture, it is...

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...