When the former president of Harvard University suggested men are more suited to study and succeed in the sciences than their female counterparts, it started a firestorm - and once again rekindled the debate on gender and aptitude.
|Danica McKellar's 'Math Doesn't Suck'|
In the United States figures show that girls seem to lose interest in math and science as they move from elementary school through high school.
On the next Riz Khan we meet a young woman who has proved she is as proficient as any man in mathematics.
Danica McKellar is trying to make it cool for girls to be mathematically smart.
She went from a brilliant career in acting as a child star to an equally brilliant career as a mathematician.
You may remember her from the hit television series The Wonder Years, when she played Winnie Cooper. Fred Savages love interest.
She is the author of 'Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without losing your mind or breaking a nail.'
The book is targeted at young girls and aims to bring some glamour to the field of mathematics.
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This episode of Riz Khan aired on Tuesday 28th August 2007.