Another Reason for Kevin to Love Winnie
|by Catherine Larson|
Okay, for people who know me, you will know that numbers give me hives. I am not a number person. I am a word person. After passing college calculus, I swiftly deleted from the hard drive of my brain all math knowledge. Had I known however, that Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years (one of my all-time favorite shows) would go on to become a math star, write her own theorem (Chayes-McKellar-Winn theorem involving magnetism in two dimensions), and come out with a book called Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail, I might have hung in there a little longer. In fact, I might check it out when it comes out in August.
According to Danica McKellar (Winnie's real name), savvy shopping requires killer decimal skills. Danica's on a crusade to help girls like math. She says math has bad PR. On her website, you can send in math questions. Here's my question for Danica: "What's the probability that a hard-core word geek like me could be converted into a math superstar like you?" I think I need a conversion experience to math; I know God created even numbers, but sometimes I have a hard time believing that math was not a repercussion of the Fall. Someone needs to convert me. Maybe Winnie can do it.