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  One of the nicest things I've learned is that it's possible to bring fresh perspectives to fascinating subjects by
applying knowledge from many different disciplines. I think it's as important to use the latest breakthroughs
from science as it is to use real world insights.

I've gotten my real world insights by working in lots of different places and doing very different things:
serving as a Russian translator on Soviet trawlers up in the Bering Sea, teaching in China, going from
US Army private to Regular Army Captain, and working as a radio operator at the South Pole Station in
the Antarctic. (I met my husband there—I had to go to the end of the earth to meet that man!)

I'm very excited about my New York Times best-selling science book: A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel in
Math and Science (Even if You Flunked Algebra)
,  published by Tarcher-Penguin in 2014.  The book for anyone who
wants to improve their ability to learn math and science more easily and with less frustration, whether they are a
college or high school student or an established professional seeking a vocational change or new skills.  You'll
find new insights based on neuroscience and cognitive psychology, as well as practical ideas from many of the
world's leading scientists, mathematicians, and engineers, and from my own decades of teaching in math and

The free Coursera - UC San Diego MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Learning How to Learn, which I teach
with Terrence Sejnowski, the Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute, is one of the most popular courses in
the world, with well over half a million students in its first six months alone.  Learning How to Learn is based on the
book A Mind for Numbers—clearly people like this approach!

Photo: John Meiu/Photographer


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