Gonna put all this stuff in one post:
I was at the Aspen Ideas Festival last week, talking about various aspects of outward-facing math. We taped an episode of Science Friday with Jo Boaler and Steve Strogatz, mostly about K-12 teaching, but I did get to drop Russell’s paradox on the audience. I also did a discussion with David Leonhardt, editor of the New York Times Upshot section, about the future of quantitative journalism, and sat on a big panel that debated the question: “Is Math Important?”
The big news from England was that Waterstone’s chose HNTBW as their nonfiction book of the month for June. That was a big factor in the book riding the Times bestseller list for a month (it’s the #5 nonfiction paperback as I write this.) I went to London and did some events, like this talk at the Royal Institution. I also got to meet Matt Parker, “the stand-up mathematician,” and record a spirited discussion of whether 0.9999… = 1 (extra director’s cut footage here.) And I wrote a piece for the Waterstone’s blog about the notorious “Hannah and her sweets problem.” from this year’s GCSE.
I was on Bloomberg News, very briefly, to talk about my love for dot plot charts and to tell a couple of stories from the book. (Rare chance to see me in a blazer.) On the same trip to New York, I sat in on the Slate Money podcast. I also wrote a couple of op-eds, some already linked here: In the New York Times, I wrote about states replacing Common Core math standards with renamed versions of the same thing, and in the Wall Street Journal, I talked about the need for a new kind of fact-checking for data journalism, where truth is not enough.
The book just came out in Brazil this month; good luck for me, I was already invited to a conference at IMPA, so while I was there I gave a talk at Casa do Saber in Rio, talking through a translator like I was at the UN.
I think that’s about it!