Saturday, August 25, 2007

Well, hello...

This, folks, is a certain Danica Mckellar, who may be known to people on the other side of the water in the US. She's an actress, and a mathematician. (She's also apparently released a yoga/meditation DVD, but let's pass over that in dignified Wittgensteinian silence, shall we?)

And she's written a book on maths. Sorry, math. (I recall an American friend and teacher saying to me, "yup, we only have the one subject in the US".)

And it's called... wait for it... "Math Doesn't Suck".

This has to be a good thing, surely. Ms Mckellar is apparently keen to reach teenage girls with the message that mathematics is a subject that can appeal to them - in a nutshell, I suppose (and trust me, I'm not being facetious, it really is her point): babes can do math. More details of the book etc can be found here.

Ms Mckellar, we here at TPIOT salute you, wish you well in your work, and are proud not to have descended too far into Leslie Phillips territory, despite an overwhelming urge to say something like "ding dong".

Oops.

1 comment:

Tony said...

Yes, we here in the US have been anxiously anticipated this book for a while. Having come of age, so to speak, while McKellar starred as Winnie Cooper on "The Wonder Years," I have many fond memories of her. None of them are either math related nor appropriate for mixed company. Perhaps that is why I think she is the perfect person to write this book. Even the most forward thinking of men would have to admit that his first thought in looking at Danika isn't about math or maths, and the little pang of guilt that follows could work wonders for the future of women in the scientific community.