I have to admit that when Bill DeSmedt, author of Singularity, emailed me talking about a New York Post article that proudly featured his work, I wasn’t immediately impressed. Not that getting press isn’t a great thing, but the article simply listed a bunch of books that someone named Danica McKellar enjoyed. Very meh.
I had no idea who Danica McKellar was. But hey, Google is a click away right? Holy cow. Have I mentioned how appreciative I have become of Google’s decision to put highly sought-out images at the top of certain search results? (Link probably safe for work depending on how you have your Safe Filter set up…)
Intrigued as I was, the obvious connection to this lovely woman and Bill’s lovely book wasn’t obviously apparent. I don’t watch a lot of TV and I avoid the network news like the plague, so I had no idea that Danica was a mathematical education advocate and had penned two books about math.
BING! The pieces fall into place. Bill DeSmedt’s book Singularity (did I mention freely available as a serialized audiobook on Podiobooks.com?) — heavily featuring physics — caught this woman’s attention. Not only did it catch her attention, but she listed it first in her list and called it “her favorite science fiction thriller”. So the international language of math geeks holds true. Way to go, Bill!
I probably still wouldn’t know Danica if she walked up to me on the street, but how likely is that? And if she does (and I do), I’ll probably ask her to calculate some binomials to the tenth power just to prove she’s as good as she says she is. Not that I could check her work, mind you.