Rebecca Rapoport holds degrees in mathematics from Harvard
and Michigan State. From her first job out of college, as one of
the pioneers of Harvard's Internet education offerings, she has
been passionate about encouraging her love of math in others.
As an early contributor to both retail giant Amazon.com
and Akamai Technologies, the No. 1 firm in cloud computing,
Rapoport played a key role in several elements of the Internet
Rapoport returned to her first love, education, as an innovator
of new methods to introduce children and adults to the
critically important world of STEM as COO of Einstein's Workshop,
an enrichment center dedicated to helping kids explore
the creative side of science, technology, engineering, art, and
math. One of their classes for six- to ten-year-olds is Recreational
Math, which inspired the creation of this book.
Currently, Rapoport is developing and teaching innovative
math curricula at Boston-area schools.
J.A. Yoder holds a degree in computer science from Caltech.
She is an educator and engineer who has a lifetime love of puzzles
and patterns. Her educational philosophy is that hands-on
creative work is both the most fun and the most effective way
to learn. She developed and taught the original hands-on-math
lessons for an after-school program that eventually inspired
this book. Some of her happiest memories come from “eureka
moments”—either from learning something that makes a dozen
other things suddenly make sense, or the sense of accomplishment
that comes from solving a clever puzzle. The only thing
better is sharing this joy with others.