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“Weapons of Math Destruction” by Cathy O'Neil

Cathy O'Neil is a data scientist and author of the blog mathbabe.org. She earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard and taught at Barnard College before moving to the private sector, where she worked for the hedge fund D. E. Shaw. She then worked as a data scientist at various start-ups, building models that predict people's purchases and clicks. O'Neil started the Lede Program in Data Journalism at Columbia and is the author of Doing Data Science. She is currently a columnist for Bloomberg View.

Read the Provost's Letter Learn how to enter the "Weapons of Math Destruction" Essay Contest

Interested in hearing what others think of the book? Check out video clips of Hofstra faculty sharing their diverse perspectives. We want to hear your thoughts too! Consider entering the Essay Contest.

Johanna Franklin
Associate Professor of Mathematics


Alan Singer
Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology