John K. White [Curiculum vitae]

I am an Irish-Canadian physicist who has worked as a writer, project manager, analyst, and lecturer throughout a 30-year career in industry, government, and academia. I recently published Do The Math! On Growth, Greed, and Strategic Thinking (Sage, 2013) aimed at improving general numeracy, and the novel The House of Words (Tuttle House, 2013) about the adventures of New York state Scrabble champ Suzy Quest and the search for her spy father. I also blog about my adventures in Spain in Caracolas and have written for the American political newsletter CounterPunch.

Do the Math cover

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Do the Math! is a refreshing look at mathematical concepts and moral dilemmas in the increasingly more numerate world of everyday living. Aiming to popularize and inform, Do the Math! does for numbers what Eats, Shoots, and Leaves does for words.

Quotes and comments
"One can pop it open anywhere with equal reward."
"The style is VERY easy to read and unusually entertaining."
"The core concept of the inherent morality of mathematics is excellent."

                     Sage      Amazon      Intro      Reviews

The House of Words cover Synopsis
A note with the single word 'curare' found in the empty apartment of four-time New York State Scrabble champion Suzy Quest starts a dizzying search for her missing parents. At the heart of her search is The House of Words, a book she believes was written by her father, a protester from the Seventies who left his family under mysterious circumstances twenty years earlier and may now be working as a deep cover spy.

Is The House of Words a code detailing the workings of an international conspiracy? Is it bait for a power struggle at the top of the reformed agency? Is it Suzy's father's apologia for disappearing from her life?

Part Dan Brown, part Thomas Pynchon, The House of Words is an intellectual thriller that peels back the gloss on modern intrigue, espionage, and the search for meaning.

Quotes and comments
"Thoroughly enjoyed it. Great pace and excellent dialogue."
"It's a wonderful journey with a thrilling love story."
"If you like Scrabble, spy stories, and poignant satire this book is for you."

                     Chapters 1-3      Amazon (Kindle)