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Dana Mackenzie

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"Think of what you wanted to do when you were a child, and try to make that happen."

In 1996, I was facing the inevitability of a career change. My teaching appointment at a liberal arts college was running out, and the job market was dismal. One of my contacts gave me the advice above, and as corny as it sounds, it really did put things into perspective for me.

When I was a child, the only thing I wanted to be was a writer. I wrote my first book, "The Littlest Inchwarm" (sic), at age five. In fourth grade, when each student had to write two reports during the year, I wrote 101 (making liberal use of the Encyclopedia Britannica). Yes, I caught the writing bug early.

But how to make it happen? Well, fortunately, I found out about the Science C
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Some of my very well-meaning friends are saying that I “wrote a New York Times bestseller.” I’m very flattered, but er, um, that’s not quite true. Here’s a post from my chess blog that explains why “reviewed in the New York Times” is different from “New York Times bestseller.” But either way, I appreciate their intentions, and it shows that perhaps the rest of the world doesn’t care as much abo...

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One of the challenges of writing this book is that causality is so obvious to humans, perhaps even hard-wired into our brains, that it is har
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The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
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Let me start with the most exciting thing about this book for a mathematician... It's actually about the three-body problem! Yes, of course, it's science fiction, but in this book the three-body problem isn't some kind of metaphor for something else. ...more
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" Hi Elizabeth, Thank you for following up on this. The announcement (in Italian, but at least you can see my name and the Italian title of the book) is ...more "
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The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
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I came to this book in a somewhat unusual way. I did a search on the Internet for books with twists, and picked this out because it seemed a bit mysterious.

First impression, after ten pages: GAAAG! It's a zombie novel! Somehow the article had failed
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The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk
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I began reading this book with some trepidation. I was familiar with Starhawk through her book "Spiral Dance," which I read bits and pieces of. She has a pagan/Wiccan view of the world that I sometimes found irritating and hard to take seriously -- b ...more
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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
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A few years ago, when I was in a Chinese grocery store, I saw a kind of tea I had never heard of before: Pu-Erh. It was a black tea, which surprised me, because the only kind of Chinese tea I had ever drunk was green. And the flavor was a shock: mell ...more
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I hope this book wins a Pulitzer Prize. It's that good.

On the simplest level, "Through the Shadowlands" is a memoir of the author's experience with chronic fatigue syndrome (referred to throughout the book by its less catchy acronym, ME/CFS), and mo
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“Here are some of the criteria I have used to decide what makes an equation great.”
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“The other reason mathematicians were blind to chaos was that they had no computers, and were left with the kind of vague description that Poincaré gave, which other mathematicians failed to understand.”
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“BOTH GÖDEL’S AND COHEN’S arguments proceed by constructing a model of set theory, though I will not explain them in detail.”
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