Danica McKellar – aka little Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years – is starring a new series for Lifetime called Inspector Mom, about, you guessed it, a mom who moonlights as a detective. The series premiered this weekend, and yes, the title's completely cheesy, but I watched it because I'm a sucker for smart women.
How smart is she? She has a degree in mathematics and recently published a proof called Percolation and Gibbs states multiplicity for ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller models on Z. Which is so 2002 everyone knows the singularity of ferromagnetic Ashkin-Teller models is where it's at today but still, not bad.
In addition to being wicked smart herself, Danica actually works to help young girls get smarter. She answers math questions on her website, and she has a book coming out in August for middle-school girls called Math Doesn't Suck, which she says she wrote because, "I believe that growing into a fabulous woman requires smarts. With the media and Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton, girls haven't been developing their brains as much as they could. I would like to put forth an alternate role model and way of thinking about being fabulous." Amen, sister!
Speaking of fabulous, here's the brainiac all grown up:
Yes, I know these photos focus on her looks and not her brains, but since I don't have a copy of her latest CAT-scan, you'll just have to imagine what the inside of her head looks like.