At the end of November, The Mathematician’s Shiva crept back into the SF Chron’s bestsellers list (it was number 12). 12 weeks out and it still has legs! It’s a recommended holiday gift buy at Scientific American and at the Jewish Book Council (but you don’t have to be a math geek or Jewish to buy TMS as a gift for a friend or loved one, honest). I’ll be on the nationally syndicated radio show West Coast Live on December 13th (10:00 AM PST) and will be giving a reading during AGU Week in San Francisco at Alexander Book Co. on December 15th (early, 5:00 PM).
For any Floridians or friends of Floridians, I’ll be reading, doing a Q&A and giving figure skating instruction (it’s never too late to learn) at a few places in the days ahead.
Books & Books, Coral Gables, November 14th, 8:00 PM
Bookstore1, Sarasota, November 17th, 1:00 PM (just a quick signing of stock copies, but if someone shows I’ll have a cup of coffee with them)
Inkwood Books, Tampa, November 17th 7:00 PM
I’ll also be at the Greater Miami Cholent Cookoff in Aventura on 11/15 (as an unofficial taste tester).
Amusing and informative interview with Prof. Michael Nosonovsky at the UWM Jewish Studies center. We look like brothers. It seems like something filmed in Minsk or Kiev for Soviet television, circa 1987, except for the fact that we’re speaking in English and smiling. My mother would have loved it!
If you’re a prof at Harvard (and at many other private schools), grading is easy nowadays. Just go down the roster and type the letter A. No mess, no fuss, no thinking. You don’t even have to give final exams. The late Clark Kerr used to joke that the three purposes of a university were “to provide sex for the students, sports for the alumni, and parking for the faculty.” It’s not a joke anymore.