The big Monty Hall book is working its way through production. Just received the proposed catalog copy on my destined for a Pulitzer masterpiece. Seems my book is, among other things, “light-hearted yet ultimately serious.” Why yes, come to think of it, I suppose it is!
But we’re having a little trouble coming up with a mutually agreeable subtitle. My editor suggested, “Mathematics’s Most Perplexing Brain Teaser.” I’m not so sure. “Perplexing” is not my favorite word in the world. Doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. And I don’t like making nouns that end in s possessive. How do you pronounce it? Mathematicsez? Sounds weird.
My suggestion was “The World’s Most Frustrating Brain Teaser.” Alas, it has been pointed out to me that “Frustrating” is not exactly a happy word, especially in the context of a math book. Perhaps I don’t want that right in my subtitle. Point taken.
Well, I’m out of ideas. Of course, that’s partly because I have go teach my calculus class in a few minutes, which doesn’t exactly put me in a creative mood. So I figured I would turn the problem over to all of you. I will expect answers upon my return.