## Archive for September 28, 2010

### The Company You Keep

Forgive me if I’m a little giddy. I just looked at the Amazon page for *Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks*, and in a section titled “Customers Also Bought Items By,” there was a list of authors with whom I’m really excited to be somehow associated. Among those listed were:

**Marian Small**– A math education consultant, author of at least 32 books, and president of One, Two… Infinity. (When I was the Curriculum Coordinator for MathCounts, I had the pleasure of working with Marian while she was a member of the Question Writing Committee. She’s brilliant and taught me a lot.)**Mario Livio**– Internationally known astrophysicist, and author of*The Golden Ratio: The Story of PHI, the World’s Most Astonishing Number*.**John Allen Paulos**– Math professor at Temple University and author of*Innumeracy,**The Mathematics of Humor*, and many other great books.**John D. Barrow**– Author of*Pi in the Sky*, a fascinating book of numerical history that really sparked my interest in math.**Alfred S. Posamentier**– Prolific author of math books and retired dean of the School of Education at City College of New York.**Doug Lemov**– Described as “the John Madden of professional teaching,” and author of*Teach Like a Champion*.**Raymond Smullyan**– One of the greatest puzzle posers in the history of creation.**Garth Sundem**– A math whiz, uber-geek, and writer for Science 2.0.**Frederick Mosteller**– Founding chairman of Harvard’s statistics department. ‘Nuff said.**Danica McKellar**– Actress who played Winnie Cooper on*The Wonder Years*. She went on to earn a math degree from UCLA, and now writes books that inspire young women to pursue mathematics. (And incidentally, the most attractive person on this list.)

I apologize. I know this appears to be a lot of name-dropping. And it is. But I’m rather humbled that I am associated with such a distinguished list, as tenuous as the connection may be.