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.
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Follow me on Twitter at @EricaKlarreich