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Member Spotlight: Gerald A. Williams

Algebra the Beautiful: An Ode to Math’s Least-Loved SubjectTAA Member Gerald A. Williams is Professor of Mathematics at San Juan College in New Mexico and both a textbook and academic author in the mathematics discipline. He writes trade books for the lay person with the goal being to give such readers both a transformative understanding and a newfound appreciation of mathematics. He writes under G. Arnell Williams..

His most recent publication is Algebra the Beautiful: An Ode to Math’s Least-Loved Subject (Basic Books, August 2022). He is also the author of How Math Works: A Guide to Grade School Arithmetic for Parents and Teachers (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2013).

What are you currently working on?

Currently working on marketing my most recent book. Planning on starting a new writing project in earnest after the start of the new year.

Share a recent accomplishment.

My book received favorable reviews in the Wall Street Journal and Publisher’s Weekly. I also was asked to recommend some of my favorite math books for the general public on Literary Hub.

What is your favorite textbook writing tip or strategy?

One of my useful strategies is recording those good ideas (and sometimes not so good ideas) that momentarily come into my head before they vanish and then organizing them so they stay accessible no matter how much time has passed.

What is your best TAA experience so far?

The conferences and interactions with other members by far. I’ve learned so much and met so many amazing people. There is a wonderful and supportive energy at these events with even the most accomplished members in the group being more than willing to help those who are just starting out.