Everyone knows Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton. But what about Sophie Germain? We have skyscrapers because of her work in math. And how about Danica McKellar? You may know her name, but not all of her work. She might earn her place among those legends because of her work in mathematics.
If you're of a certain age, you remember McKellar's acting the role of Winnie Cooper on 'The Wonder Years,' which aired from 1988 to 1993. But she's all grown up. She is currently featured in the Cartoon Network animated series 'Young Justice' and has guest-starred on the hit CBS show 'The Big Bang Theory.'
But in the middle, she was hardly a slouch, graduating summa cum laude from UCLA with a degree in mathematics, even proving a new theory in math. Instead of closeting herself in a math lab, McKellar decided to help other girls get over their fears of math with three books. Two of them, 'Kiss My Math' and 'Math Doesn't' Suck,' became New York Times bestsellers.
McKellar spoke with AOL Jobs about her mission and her work with DeVry University to spread the word that math can be cool.
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