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."

### Huygens's Clocks Revisited

August 16, 2002 — In 1665, the great Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens, inventor of the pendulum clock, wrote to the Royal Society of London to tell them of his discovery of an "odd kind of sympathy" between the pendulums of two clocks hung together. This effect remained a mystery for three and a half centuries, but the Royal Society has now published an explanation of the curious interaction Huygens observed, the result of a study done at the Georgia Institute of Technology.### Can You Keep a Secret?

July 18, 2002 — Practical products are about to emerge from the weird world of quantum mechanics.### Playing by Quantum Rules

November 15, 2001 — Game theory has been used to study problems from nuclear warfare to animal behavior. Now physicists are extending it into the quantum realm.### Playing Both Sides

February 1, 2001 — Parrondo's paradox shows that you can win at two losing games by switching between them. The result has surprising implications for the origins of life.

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