About Jonathan David Farley

In 2005, Seed Magazine named Dr. Jonathan David Farley one of “15 people who have shaped the global conversation about science”. He is the 2004 recipient of the Harvard Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award, a medal presented on behalf of the president of Harvard University in recognition of “outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of mathematics.” He obtained his doctorate in mathematics from Oxford University in 1995, after winning Oxford’s highest mathematics awards in 1994. Jonathan Farley graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1991 with the second-highest grade point average in his graduating class.

Dr. Farley’s mathematical work has been profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education, in Science News Online, in The Economist Magazine, in USA Today, on Fox News Television, and on Air America Radio. In 2001, Ebony Magazine named Dr. Farley a “Leader of the Future.” He has also been profiled in Jet Magazine, in Upscale Magazine, and on the cover of the NAACP’s Crisis Magazine.

Dr. Farley has been an invited guest on BBC World News Television, BBC Radio, and U.S. National Public Radio. On November 18, 2001, Dr. Farley was an invited speaker at the “Stop the War” demonstration in London, which drew 100,000 people. His essay, “My Fellow Americans: Looking Black on Red Tuesday,” appeared in Beyond September 11: An Anthology of Dissent, which also featured essays by Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky. Dr. Farley has written for Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Guardian newspaper, Essence Magazine, and the hip hop magazine The Source.

The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts (home to both Harvard University and MIT) officially declared March 19, 2004 to be “Dr. Jonathan David Farley Day”.

Black Mathematicians: The Kind of Problems They Wish Didn’t Need Solving

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Jonathan Farley: The National Review’s John Derbyshire pointed out that no black mathematician had ever won the Fields medal. There are a few reasons for that.

The Risible Rise of the American Anti-War Movement

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Jonathan David Farley: The American anti-war movement failed to promote the truly left-wing voices in America and it failed to develop new ones.

A Dialogue Concerning Advocacy and Criminality

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Jonathan Farley: Why do campaigning organisations like the NAACP defend plain thugs but ignore genuine radicals?

Common Gets Bad Rap on Assata Shakur

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Jonathan David Farley: The synthetic rage over Common’s event with Michelle Obama rests on the unending demonisation of the Black Panther party

Confessions of a Minion of the Military-Industrial Complex

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Jonathan David Farley: How I learned to stop worrying about where my academic research funding came from and love Raytheon

The Confederacy Must Be Destroyed

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Concerning Advocacy and Criminality

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Jonathan Farley: Why do campaigning organizations like the NAACP defend plain thugs but ignore genuine radicals?

Wikileaks and Public Key Diplomacy

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Jonathan David Farley: What’s surprising about the U.S. State Department/WikiLeaks scandal is that there is a scandal. As a friend reminded me, these days it’s really quite easy to make sure no one can read your messages, unless you want them to.

Julian Assange: The Man Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest

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Jonathan David Farley: I have felt for years that the last defenders of our freedom would be the cyber-anarchists. We are not at freedom’s end yet, but cameras capture the average Briton 300 times daily. The Lord of Flies even wishes to invade our minds, to determine when we are lying to him.

NAACP President Ben Jealous Should Resign for Assisting in the Sherrod Assault

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Jonathan David Farley: His normally sluggish organization, which took three months even to discuss what to do, if anything, when a Life Member was receiving death threats from Klan supporters, reacted in one day when racist liars, who wanted a black woman’s head, ordered the heir of W. E. B. Du Bois to step and fetch it.

For Whom the Bell Curves: Harvard Law Student Says Blacks Are Dumber Than Whites; Black Harvard Professor Agrees

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Jonathan David Farley: Should the Harvard law student be expelled for her stupid, offensive, and easily refuted views? Certainly. But more harmful than the email is the contemporary African-American community’s customar ycowardice―the Harvard Black Law Students Association “has not taken an official stance” on the email that implies blacks are Untermenschen―and its propensity to elevate monsters and call them heroes. That’s simply “precious.”

Inequalities: When the Larry Summers of Our Discontent Said XX < XY in Math and Science

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Jonathan David Farley and A.J. Stone: In our culture, it may be that math is less appealing to girls. To change this equation, actress Danica McKellar has written math textbooks with covers resembling Cosmo, and Austrian artist Peren Linn has designed jeans with Fermat’s Last Theorem imprinted on them, to merge elliptic curves with feminine ones.

African-American Presidents Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

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Jonathan David Farley: White American liberals foolishly chose not to wait to see if Obama was the kind of man who would stick to his guns when the bandits rode into town. He wasn’t. African-Americans run away from noble fights.

Chicago Hope: The Panther and the Politician

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The murder of Fred Hampton and the eradication of the Panthers, thanks to COINTELPRO, have led directly to the current, pitiful state of African-American leadership. From Jesse Jackson and Harold Washington to Barack Obama, we see a steady decline in the willingness of black leaders to stand up to racism or police abuses, to the extent that a white cop can arrest a black Harvard professor simply because the latter is in his own home, and the black president of the United States all-but-apologizes — to the cop.

Slaveship Down: The Silver Wire

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Silhouetted by the bright rays of the source of all life was an angular, wooden structure that was well known to the rabbits in the warren, for it was from there that the Two-Legged Creatures came. It had always been there, they thought, a comforting constant, like the wood or the sky, or the warren itself.

Gunning for Obama: A Modest Proposal

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They are sending a not-so-veiled threat to Obama, So you want to be like JFK? They want him to stop going down the path to what they call “socialism”―you know, the kind that failed in Western Europe. Or was it Eastern Europe. Whatever.

Black America’s Double-Dealing on Drugs

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“Junkie. Pothead. That’s where I’d been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man.” So wrote current U.S. president Barack Obama about his youth. In May 2009, Jabrai Jordan Copney, a black man, allegedly shot Justin Cosby, a black man, inside a Harvard University dormitory. Cosby fled, collapsed a block away, and [...]

Anti-War Hero

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In the 1960s, most of America reviled Malcolm X as a villain. America now celebrates the May 19 birthday of this “shining prince.” History repeats itself. On April 22, 2004, an American football star named Pat Tillman was killed in action in Afghanistan. After September 11, Tillman had eschewed a $3.6 million sports contract to [...]

Who Mourns the Confederate Slave?

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Klansman and Nazi David Duke was arrested in Prague, Czech Republic, the last week of April 2009: it is a crime to deny the Holocaust. In Germany and Austria, it is a crime to express support for National Socialism; it is even problematic to honor soldiers who died fighting for Hitler. By contrast, in May [...]

Crimson and Clover: What’s Wrong with the Irish?

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This is what I remember: She had flaming red hair. I had met her at a gathering of scholars in London. It was the summer, and I realized I had spent the entire year in England. It was time to explore the Continent. Helen suggested going in the opposite direction, to her native Ireland—Northern Ireland. [...]

Who Won the Civil War? Organizations Refuse to Defend Farley

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As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the inauguration of America’s first black president, and Black History Month, it’s worth pondering the question, “Who won the Civil War?” On November 20, 2002, I wrote in a Nashville [...]

Pope: “Jesus Didn’t Die on the Cross”

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THE VATICAN (Reuters) —The Catholic world is in upheaval and confusion after an announcement today by Bishop Richard Williamson and Pope Benedict that Jesus, contrary to centuries of church doctrine, did not in fact die on the cross as was previously taught. Said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, papal spokesman: “The length and width of the [...]

The Return of the Mulatto: The Green-Eyed Monster

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You can’t write that about the president of the NAACP. “Write what?” I said. “That,” Melissa told me, pointing at my notebook’s screen. “You’re calling him a ‘mulatto’?” “Well, that’s the definition, right? His father was white, his mother was black. I think.” I scratched my head. “Maybe he’s a quadroon .” Melissa rolled her [...]

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