John Mighton


John Mighton is a mathematician, author, playwright, and the founder of JUMP Math, a successful school program designed to tutor children who are having difficulties in maths. He has written a book based on his experiences with JUMP, “The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child”, published by House of Anansi Press. Mighton completed a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Toronto and has lectured at McMaster University. He held an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship for research in graph theory and knot theory at the Fields Institute and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto.

Mighton’s plays “Scientific Americans”, “Possible Worlds”, “A Short History of Night”, “Body and Soul”, “The Little Years”, and “Half Life” have been performed across Canada, as well as in Europe, Japan, and the United States, and have won several national awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for “Possible Worlds” and “A Short History of Night” in 1992, and for “Half Life” in 2005.

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