The Nerdist, Danica McKellar and Promoting Maths

By Michael Edmonds 28/01/2015

This morning on Sky TV’s science fiction channel I caught an episode of a show called The Nerdist, which covers topics which I guess are a bit nerdy. On the show this morning there was an interview with Danica McKellar. Probably best known for her role as Winnie Cooper in the Wonder years, she is also a talented mathematician, and has graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics with honours. She has  written a several books popularising mathematics, particularly for young women. Her first book, Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, was a New York Times best seller.

I tried to find the Nerdist episode on Youtube so I could share it but can’t seem to find it. I did come across several Youtube videos by Danica McKellar which attempt to make maths fun (and succeed).

I absolutely loved the World Maths video although I must admit I found the one on percentages a little busy and hard to follow. I’d be interested to know what others think.