The Company You Keep

September 28, 2010 at 12:50 am Leave a comment

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.

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The Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks blog is an online extension to the book Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks. The blog contains jokes submitted by readers, new jokes discovered by the author, details about speaking appearances and workshops, and other random bits of information that might be interesting to the strange folks who like math jokes.

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