About the author


Interested readers may contact the author via this animated GIF:

the feedback logo. It rotates.

A mock-up cover for Math You Can't Use that the publisher rejected. It features the patent for the Banana Protective Device.


(Brookings rejected this cover; the actual is shinier.)

By affiliations:
  • Nonresident Fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Executive Director, End Software Patents
  • Senior statistician, Genetics Unit of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, National Institute of Mental Health
[Though, this is my personal blog, and is not to be construed as the opinion of any of the above.]

By books:

  • Modeling with Data Princeton University Press, Forthcoming in late 2008 PDF, web site
  • Math You Can't Use: patents, copyright, and software Brookings Institution Press, November 2005. Chapter 1 PDF, Chapter 6 PDF, Buy!
[Or see the full résumé at ben.klemens.org.]

By characteristics:

  • Was once a bike messenger, but now bikes in traffic purely for transportation.
  • Got his first Internet email address in 1984; had no idea what to do with it.
  • Used to be fluent in Spanish, but is forgetting a little bit every day.
  • His primary advantage, both as a programmer and a policy analyst, is his ability to type 80 words per minute.
  • Lives in Baltimore, which many consider to be an amusing quirk.

By shaving ability: