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Danica Mae McKellar (born January 3, 1975) is an American actress, mathematics writer, and education advocate. She played Kevin Arnold’s on-off girlfriend Winnie Cooper in the television series The Wonder Years, and later wrote four non-fiction books: Math Doesn’t Suck, Kiss My Math, Hot X: Algebra Exposed and Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, which encourage middle-school and high-school girls to have confidence and succeed in mathematics. In 2015 Mckellar was cast in the Netflix original series Project Mc2.


McKellar studied at UCLA and earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with highest honors (summa cum laude) in 1998. As an undergraduate, she coauthored a scientific paper with Professor Lincoln Chayes and fellow student Brandy Winn entitled “Percolation and Gibbs states multiplicity for ferromagnetic Ashkin–Teller models on {\displaystyle \mathbb {Z} ^{2}}.” Their results are termed the ‘Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem’.

Referring to the mathematical abilities of his student coauthors, Chayes was quoted in The New York Times as saying, “I thought that the two were really, really first-rate.” McKellar’s Erdős number is four and her Erdős–Bacon number is six.