About

I write, speak and blog about science, math and the brain.

Other than keeping a close eye on the ecology of my backyard from the vantage of the semi-converted garden shed that is my office, my favorite part of the gig is interviewing people who are passionate about math and science to the point of excess. I’ve had fascinating conversation about how graph theory describes a soccer ball passing through the “nodes” of a team, and what insight looks like in the brain, and the rotational mechanics of a cat landing on its feet, and why it is better to bet on cricket than on football, and the differences in wisdom between old and young players of a game that simulates mineral extraction. The people who study these things describe them with the passion of tween girls with a Justin Bieber infatuation. I hope I can make you care, too.

Sometimes I do somewhat silly math of my own, like statistically predicting the duration of a celebrity marriage or discovering how a movie’s run time influences its chance of winning an Oscar.

I currently blog here, at GeekDad, and PsychologyToday.com, and submit rather less frequently to Scientific American and Huffington Post Science, and have also written for traditional ‘zines like Fast Company, Men’s Health, Esquire, the New York Times, Congressional Quarterly, and Publisher’s Weekly. On a lark, I agreed to be pummeled on the Hotties vs. Nerds episode of the gladitorial game show Wipeout, and am a TED-Ed speaker, former contributor to the Science Channel, and poker aficionado.

I grew up on Bainbridge Island, WA,  a short ferry ride from Seattle, where my dad — a former president of the American Accounting Association — taught for 34 years in the U.W. business school. We played with math growing up, scribbling through issues of Games Magazine cover-to-cover. Later, I studied math and music composition at Cornell University and then at Western Washington University, and was an adjunct professor at Montana State University. I live in Boulder, CO with my wife, two kids and a pack of Labradors.

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