In the course of reviewing a math book written by Danica McKellar, Math Doesn’t Suck, Denise at Let’s Play Math Blog posted a good quote from Mrs. McKellar:
But now Danica McKellar’s second book is out, and the first one has been released in paperback. A friendly PR lady emailed to offer me a couple of review copies, so I gave Math Doesn’t Suck a second chance. … Danica McKellar knows far more about math than I do. She majored in mathematics at UCLA and graduated summa cum laude in 1998. … As McKellar writes: Working on math sharpens your brain, actually making you smarter in all areas. Intelligence is real, it’s lasting, and no one can take it away from you. Ever. And take it from me, nothing can take the place of the confidence that comes from developing your intelligence — not beauty, or fame, or anything else “superficial.” Math isn’t easy for anyone. It takes time and persistence to understand this stuff, so don’t give up on yourself just because you might feel frustrated. Everyone feels like that sometimes — everyone. It’s what you do about those feelings that makes you who you are. It’s in those moments when you want to give up but you keep going anyway that you separate yourself from the crowd and build the skills of patience and fortitude that will allow you to excel throughout your entire life — no matter what you choose as a career.Danica McKellar is an actress (an intelligent one!!). Check out her interview on NPR.