Danica McKeller, who is the only person to have been in both of my two all time favorite TV shows*, has just written a book about math aimed at pre-teen girls. It’s disguised to look like a magazine, complete with quizzes like “Do you hide your smarts (especially around boys)?” Honestly, I doubt I would have picked it up as a 12 year old… I was beyond pre-algebra at that point and I wasn’t really into the teen magazines anyway, but I’m glad it exists. I’ve already e-mailed my uncle and suggested that he look into it for his middle school aged daughter.
For those more mathematically advanced, here’s her paper on “Percolation and Gibbs states multiplicity for ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller models on Z².” If you ever doubted that Winnie Cooper was out of Kevin Arnold’s league, this pretty much seals the deal. Also, according to her website, she’s done The Vagina Monologues, which just makes her that much more awesome.
* Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years and Elsie Snuffin on The West Wing… I half expect someone to correct me on the “only” caveat and tell me that Bradley Whitford once had a guest spot on The Wonder Years as one of Karen’s boyfriends or something.
Let’s not forget her guest role on Working, the criminally underrated Fred Savage office vehicle. (Did somebody say stunt casting?)
Wow. So I’m not the only one who remembers “working”…..
Awesome. And Mayim Bialik (blossom) supposedly has a PhD in Neuroscience. I’m too lazy to look it up at the moment though.
Percolation theory is awesome.
I actually remember “Working” too… but while it did allow me to continue my crush on Fred Savage, I wouldn’t rank it as one of my top two television shows of all time. Wasn’t Danica McKellar on a bunch of episodes?
Mayim Bialik has apparently not quite finished her PhD in neuroscience from UCLA.
And Anand, I thought of you when I saw the percolation theory bit.