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Erica Klarreich

Freelance Mathematics and Science Journalist

Berkeley, California

Erica Klarreich

My work has appeared in Quanta, Nature, New Scientist, Science News, Wired.com and many other publications, and has been reprinted in the 2010, 2011, and 2016 volumes of "The Best Writing on Mathematics."

klarreic@nasw.org
@EricaKlarreich

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Crafty Geometry

December 30, 2006 — Mathematicians are knitting and crocheting to visualize complex surfaces.
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Springfield Theory

June 10, 2006 — Mathematical references abound on The Simpsons.
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Manuscripts as Fossils

April 9, 2005 — Population-biology equations estimate medieval texts' likelihood of survival.
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Rebuilding Rome

October 2, 2004 — The pieces of an ancient archaeological puzzle are falling into place to reveal the secrets of the imperial city.
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Glimpses of Genius

May 15, 2004 — Mathematicians and historians piece together a puzzle that Archimedes pondered.
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Bookish Math

December 27, 2003 — Statistical tests are unraveling knotty literary mysteries.
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Step by Step, Dancer/Scientist Choreographs a Unique Career

April 1, 2003
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About

Erica Klarreich

I have been writing about mathematics and science for a popular audience for more than fifteen 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 Nature, Quanta Magazine, ScientificAmerican.com, New Scientist, American Scientist, Wired.com, Nautilus, and Science News, for which I was the mathematics correspondent for several years. I was also the Journalist in Residence at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. My work has been reprinted in the 2010, 2011, and 2016 volumes of "The Best Writing on Mathematics."

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.

For the Fall 2016 semester, I am the Journalist in Residence at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact me at klarreic@nasw.org.

Follow me on Twitter at @EricaKlarreich