Mathematics and Science Journalist

Berkeley, California

I am an award-winning mathematics and science journalist whose work has appeared in Quanta, Nature, The Atlantic, New Scientist and many other publications, and has been reprinted in the 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2020 volumes of "The Best Writing on Mathematics."

Mathematics and Science Journalist

Berkeley, California

I am an award-winning mathematics and science journalist whose work has appeared in Quanta, Nature, The Atlantic, New Scientist and many other publications, and has been reprinted in the 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2020 volumes of "The Best Writing on Mathematics."

### Mathematics Reporting: An Uncrowded Niche for Writers

April 11, 2023 — Compared to most STEM fields, mathematics receives scant coverage in the popular press.### Hobbyist Finds Math’s Elusive ‘Einstein’ Tile

April 4, 2023 — The surprisingly simple tile is the first single, connected tile that can fill the entire plane in a pattern that never repeats — and can’t be made to fill it in a repeating way.### Emmy Murphy Is a Mathematician Who Finds Beauty in Flexibility

March 27, 2023 — The prize-winning geometer feels most fulfilled when exploring the fertile ground where constraint meets creation.### Mathematicians Roll Dice and Get Rock-Paper-Scissors

Jan 19, 2023 — Mathematicians have uncovered a surprising wealth of rock-paper-scissors-like patterns in randomly chosen dice.### Mathematical Trio Advances Centuries-Old Number Theory Problem

Nov 29, 2022 — The work — the first-ever limit on how many whole numbers can be written as the sum of two cubed fractions — makes significant headway on “a recurring embarrassment for number theorists.”### ‘Monumental’ Math Proof Solves Triple Bubble Problem and More

Oct 6, 2022 — The decades-old Sullivan’s conjecture, about the best way to minimize the surface area of a bubble cluster, was thought to be out of reach for three bubbles and up — until a new breakthrough result.### The Math Evangelist Who Preaches Problem-Solving

Sept 13, 2022 — Richard Rusczyk, founder of Art of Problem Solving, has a vision for bringing “joyous, beautiful math” — and problem-solving — to classrooms everywhere.### A Solver of the Hardest Easy Problems about Prime Numbers

July 5, 2022 — On his way to winning a Fields Medal, James Maynard has cut a path through simple-sounding questions about prime numbers that have stumped mathematicians for centuries.### In Times of Scarcity, War and Peace, a Ukrainian Finds the Magic in Math

July 5, 2022 — With her homeland mired in war, the sphere-packing number theorist Maryna Viazovska has become the second woman to win a Fields Medal in the award’s 86-year history.### Researchers Achieve "Absurdly Fast" Algorithm for Network Flow

June 8, 2022 — Computer scientists can now solve a decades-old problem in practically the time it takes to write it down.### Which Computational Universe Do We Live In?

Apr 18, 2022 — Computer scientists want to know which of five possible worlds we inhabit, which will reveal whether truly secure cryptography is even possible.### Researchers Identify 'Master Problem' Underlying All Cryptography

April 6, 2022 — The existence of secure cryptography depends on one of the oldest questions in computational complexity.### Mathematician Hurls Structure and Disorder Into Century-Old Problem

December 15, 2021 — A new paper shows how to create longer disordered strings than mathematicians had thought possible, proving that a well-known recent conjecture is “spectacularly wrong.”### Mathematician Disproves 80-Year-Old Algebra Conjecture

April 12, 2021 — Inside the symmetries of a crystal shape, a postdoctoral researcher has unearthed a counterexample to a basic conjecture about multiplicative inverses.### Statistics Postdoc Tames Decades-Old Geometry Problem

March 1, 2021 — To the surprise of experts in the field, a postdoctoral statistician has solved one of the most important problems in high-dimensional convex geometry.### Computer Scientists Achieve ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

November 10, 2020 — A cryptographic master tool called indistinguishability obfuscation has for years seemed too good to be true. Three researchers have figured out that it can work.

I have been writing about mathematics and science for a popular audience for more than 20 years. A mathematician before I became a full-time journalist, I try to convey the essence of complex mathematical ideas to non-mathematicians, and give them a sense of the beauty and depth of mathematics.

I also enjoy plunging into topics far from my mathematical roots, and have written about fields such as economics, computer science, medicine, and biology — often as these fields relate to mathematics, but often simply for their own sake.

As a freelance journalist based in Berkeley, California, I have written for many publications, including Quanta Magazine, Nature, New Scientist, American Scientist, Nautilus, and Science News, for which I was the mathematics correspondent for several years. My work has also been syndicated in The Atlantic, Scientific American, Wired and other publications.

I was journalist in residence at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley in 2002 and at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley in 2016. My work has been reprinted in the 2010, 2011, 2016 and 2020 volumes of "The Best Writing on Mathematics."

I received the 2021 Communications Award from the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, which recognizes journalists and other communicators who, on a sustained basis, bring accurate mathematical information to nonmathematical audiences.

I am a graduate of the science writing program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and I have a Ph.D. in mathematics from Stony Brook University.

Contact me at klarreic@gmail.com.

Follow me on Twitter at @EricaKlarreich