Oct 26, 2013 — Author Simon Singh's new book teases out the mathematical references hidden in The Simpsons. Singh tells NPR's Scott Simon that the show's writing team includes several trained mathematicians — and that the logical bends and breaks of writing comedy can be very appealing to the mathematically minded.
Aug 11, 2013 — Daniel Tammet is a savant who experiences his world through equations and calculations. His new book, a collection of essays called Thinking In Numbers, explores language, history and even love through numbers.
Aug 7, 2012 — More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience.
Aug 11, 2011 — More than 5,000 of you nominated. More than 60,000 of you voted. And now the results are in. Explore the winners of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction and Fantasy survey — an intriguing mix of classic and contemporary titles.
Aug 8, 2011 — NPR coverage of Anathem by Neal Stephenson. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Mar 9, 2011 — In their new book, Hidden Harmonies, husband and wife mathematics team Robert and Ellen Kaplan pay tribute to that familiar formula you learned in high school math class.
Mar 3, 2009 — Math can do some really neat stuff: From telling us about the existence of Neptune before we could see it, to the black holes we still can't, numbers are capable of a lot of things you didn't learn about in grade school. So why can't they predict economic crises? Commentator Mario Livio will tell you.
Dec 22, 2008 — It's been a big year for numbers in 2008. Take the $700 billion bailout for example. Economist Andrew Dilnot and journalist Michael Blastland try to make sense of numbers in their new book, The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life. They say the secret is to put numbers into context.
Aug 8, 2008 — Actress and mathematician Danica McKellar is on a mission to get middle-school girls to stop hating math. In her new book, Kiss My Math, — a follow-up to Math Doesn't Suck — McKellar breaks math into easy-to-digest concepts so girls can "show pre-algebra who's boss."
Sep 21, 2007 — In a new book for middle-school girls, actress and mathematician Danica McKellar argues that being good at math can be cool. Also, a team of U.S. girls recently held their own in the China Girls Mathematical Olympiad.