Coming Soon …


  1. #1 Kevin
    September 25, 2008

    I know that academics have to publish to get ahead. How much credit do you get for a book like this?

    Is it considered a “less serious” work?

  2. #2 Jason Rosenhouse
    September 25, 2008

    Kevin –

    A lot depends on the school where you work. A major research institution like the Ivy League schools, Stanford, Duke, Berkeley, Chicago and so on, this sort of thing would be, if not actually frowned upon, at least not something for which you would recieve much notice. In fact, if I were at such an institution there’s no way I would have undertaken such a project pre-tenure. But JMU is almost exclusively an undergrdauate institution, which changes things. Around here I get a lot of credit for writing a book such as this. Our formal requirement is “scholarly activity” which is more general than just “research.”

  3. #3 Blake Stacey
    September 25, 2008

    Oooooooooh. 🙂

  4. #4 John Farrell
    September 25, 2008

    Congratulations, Jason!

  5. #5 bumblebrain
    September 25, 2008

    Congratulations! It looks terrific!

  6. #6 Kevin
    September 25, 2008

    good for you!

    I guess now we’ll all have to buy a copy….

    (or at least buy it and return it….)

  7. #7 heddle
    September 25, 2008

    Most Excellent!

  8. #8 Cody
    September 25, 2008

    I see you avoided that unsightly s-apostrophe-s in “Mathematics’s” by clever use of abbreviation.

  9. #9 Jeffrey Shallit
    September 25, 2008

    Congrats, Jason! Do I get a free copy?

  10. #10 Susan B.
    September 25, 2008

    How soon is “soon”? I’m eagerly awaiting it!

  11. #11 Dave M
    September 25, 2008

    Oh, I see, those are walnut shells, like in (the game analogous to) three-card monte. Very nice.

  12. #12 Robert O'Brien
    September 25, 2008

    I will check it out and perhaps buy it if I find it interesting. (Certainly, it is up my alley.)

  13. #13 BobbyEarle
    September 26, 2008

    Just in time for xmas!

    Lessee…one for me, and one for my clown brother who simply refuses to switch doors.

    BTW, that is a great cover.

  14. #14 BobbyEarle
    September 26, 2008

    Seems like a very tiny Caddy…

    Maybe I want the goat!

  15. #15 Robert
    September 26, 2008

    How come they are walnuts and not goats? Would that infringe on some copyright?

  16. #16 JimCH
    September 26, 2008

    I imagined that the goats are what’s hidden beneath the half walnut shells, just as there is an unseen half walnut shell that previously was covering the car (a “shell game”). Just a thought.

  17. #17 Jason Rosenhouse
    September 26, 2008

    My idea for the cover art involved a ferocious goat with bloody fangs feasting on the still throbbing brain of some anguished undergraduate. But I’m warming up to the understated approach!

  18. #18 Caliban
    September 26, 2008

    Good job Jason! If your book is half as fun to read as your blog is, I’ll buy it for sure. 🙂

  19. #19 wazza
    September 27, 2008

    Cody: In everywhere but america, it’d be Maths’ or Maths’s

  20. #20 The Science Pundit
    September 29, 2008


  21. #21 Leni
    October 2, 2008

    Jason wrote:

    My idea for the cover art involved a ferocious goat with bloody fangs feasting on the still throbbing brain of some anguished undergraduate.

    So, are you still accepting entries for the banner contest, or no?

  22. #22 mothergross
    October 2, 2008

    You mean the banter contest, don’t you?

  23. #23 AJS
    October 2, 2008

    @ wazza: Or “The story of the most contentious problem in maths”. You can nearly always rephrase yourself to avoid an awkward apostrophe.

    Has a deal been struck with a UK importer?

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