"Janet had endured, during the remainder of her father's visit, a Moebius strip of parental observations: he never understood why Jan-Jan had married that loser; she was obviously better off without him; her ex was a self-satisfied clod and a jackass; and who was that sexpot he was walking with?"
Ivars Peterson is a freelance writer and editor. He was Director of Publications at the Mathematical Association of America from 2007 to 2014. As an award-winning mathematics writer, he previously worked at Science News for more than 25 years and served as editor of Science News Online and Science News for Kids. His books include The Mathematical Tourist, Islands of Truth, Newton's Clock, and Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidoscope of Math and Art.