Actress/Mathematician Danica McKellar's Book "Math Doesn't Suck" helps Girls Respect Their Minds and Themselves

August 03, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Danica McKellar, best known as "Winnie" on the eighties TV show "The Wonder Years'" is not only a respected working actress, but an accomplished mathematician as well. Her new book, "Math Doesn't Suck," was written to help middle-school age girls learn math without negatively affecting their popularity.

"I want to see girls embrace math who never thought they could, and for them to understand the importance of developing a strong mind. Math is a fabulous mind strengthener - it's like going to the gym, for your brain!" said actress/mathematician Danica McKellar in an interview with epidemiologist and blogger Tara C. Smith.

Women have always suffered a gender-bias in math, and McKellar wants try to do something about it. Besides serving as a role model as a working actress and a mathematician who has co-authored the "Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem", concerning mathematical physics.

But she's not interested in creating female nerds. Central to her book's message is that girls can be glamorous and popular, as well as smart. This seems like an entirely new take on "A Beautiful Mind."

The website at points to reviews, interviews, videos and other links about the book.