Fingers crossed – book coming out next May

April 15, 2015

As it turns out, it takes a while to write a book, and then another few months to publish it.

I’m very excited today to tentatively announce that my book, which is tentatively entitled Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, will be published in May 2016, in time to appear on summer reading lists and well before the election.

Fuck yeah! I’m so excited.

p.s. Fight for 15 is happening now.

  1. April 15, 2015 at 10:06 am

    well, boo, hiss, frown… I took “next May” in your title to mean next month!! “May 2016” is too far off to even know if I’ll have any expendable money left for books by then.
    But seriously, CONGRATS!


  2. Penny Lewis
    April 15, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Congratulations! Great news for all of us.


  3. Josh
    April 15, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Yes, that’s great. Look forward, if impatiently, to see it.


  4. Charles
    April 15, 2015 at 10:36 am

    If we prepay/pre-order, will you sign it?
    Or does the shipping from the publisher prohibit that?


  5. April 15, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I love your blog, Cathy, but please no, not “Weapons of Math Destruction”. The title is too apocalyptic and also too worn. It also reinforces the common view that the practice of math (and science) is a danger to society practiced by evil beings working secretly in dungeons.


  6. April 15, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Excellent!! Gives me a few more months to read the first one, which is sitting here on my desk mocking me.


  7. alex
    April 15, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    what kind of math background is required to read it, and what kind of mathematics topics does the book talk about? what is the level of mathematical sophistication of the text? would it be appropriate as a text for an undergraduate course in a (lower-tier) math department? what about as a math course at harvard college?


    • April 16, 2015 at 6:59 am

      The book requires no math at all. It’s being published by Random House for the general audience.

      On Wed, Apr 15, 2015 at 11:08 PM, mathbabe wrote:



  8. Amanda
    April 15, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I randomly stumbled upon your blog yesterday after searching one of my math professor’s names. Your blog looks so cool & I definitely want to read more once finals are over (2 more weeks…). Your book title (& content) looks very familiar to a talk I went to at the joint math meetings in San Diego in 2013. Was that by any chance you?


  9. April 16, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Congratulations I look forward to reading the book


  10. April 16, 2015 at 11:14 am

    So I went back to the post in which you announced that you were writing a book–January of 2014–and that you hoped you’d be done by the following spring. I am unbelievably impressed that you did it on time, although of course never doubted you would.

    I don’t suppose you’d consider running against Hilary?


  11. Laocoon
    April 20, 2015 at 9:11 am



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