I’ll be on The Today Show on Thursday, August 15, at 10 am Eastern time (the “Kathie Lee and Hoda” part of the program.) Danica McKellar will also be on — besides being an actor (“Winnie Cooper”) she has written a series of books aiming to get teenage girls excited about math. I have her latest out from the library and it’s very rich in mathematical content! I like the way she describes the triangle inequality, very poignantly, as representing the long edge of the triangle trying with all its might to get its too-short arms to touch each other…

I’m not sure exactly what’s going to take place! Except that McKellar and I will get to tell millions of people that math is awesome, not boring.

Previously on the blog: Sara Marcus interviews McKellar. And on Terry’s blog, a nice explanation of McKellar’s work in statistical mechanics, along with the tidbit that McKellar was second from the top in Terry’s intro topology course in 1997.

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Is your appearance on the show related to the upcoming one-year anniversary of the announced solution of ABC?

In the hour preceding the hour of your appearance on The Today Show, they had a segment of someone showing the audience how to make burgers so good that “it will make your life exponentially better.” Ouch.

I just watched it. How can I put it? Not much happened.

http://www.today.com/klgandhoda/danica-mckellar-poses-1-million-math-challenge-6C10925229

Any try is to be commended, the type of show didn’t help.

Actually, wouldn’t Jordan and Danica make a nice team for a series of documentaries, perhaps a bit like those of Brian Cox on the BBC: some nice storytelling, covering places and centuries, and some interactions with a public as well. The Wonders of Mathematics, in 4 parts, sounds great! And maybe crowdfunding could help if no old-media funding comes along. Depending on what you’d plan to cover from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_mathematics perhaps $30,000 would be enough for a few plane tickets and some attractive CGI.

Just a thought…

Hey, Jordan, aren’t you going to say anything about the experience? And is McKellar being paid to do PR for Beal?

[…] As promised, I was on daytime TV this week! The clip is available for posterity at the Today Show website. […]