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Op-ed Pieces


I was appointed a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times in March, 2015. My NYT opinion pieces through 2016 can be found here. Subsequent pieces are listed here.

My math-related pieces are as follows:

How to Fall in Love With Math (September 15, 2013) was my first math op-ed. This rose to the most e-mailed article for the day, but only made it to #2 for the week (I was bumped by the pope, who leapfrogged ahead with his comments.) The New York Times website quickly reached their maximum of 360 responses and terminated the ability to comment. Here are the links to my other math-related op-eds:

Don’t Expect Math to Make Sense, about Pi Day (March 13, 2015)

Mathematicians and Blue Crabs, about Chesapeake crab populations (May 2, 2015)

Why is Science so Straight? about attitudes to LGBT workers in STEM (Sep 4, 2015)

The Importance of Recreational Math, about how puzzles contribute to math understanding (Oct 12, 2015)

The Mathematician’s 90th Birthday Party, about age stereotypes in math (Apr 25, 2016)

Who Invented ‘Zero’? about where zero came from (Oct 7, 2017)

Does Math Make You Smarter? about a cool logic test from psychology called the Wason Selection Task, and how it pertains to math education (Apr 13, 2018)

Stop Saying ‘Exponential.’ Sincerely, a Math Nerd. about how “exponential” and other math terms have been appropriated in unfortunate ways (Mar 4, 2019)

Several of my math pieces have attained #1 emailed status. Documentation of this, along with notes on some of the op-eds can be found here.


“Want to fix gerrymandering? Then the Supreme Court needs to listen to mathematicians” in The Conversation about mathematical standards to identify extreme gerrymandering (Mar 29, 2019). Also republished by PBS News Hour and

“The Nuclear Nightmare” in the Times of India on the threat of nuclear terrorism in India. (Jan 12, 2014)

“Court Ruling Ignores India’s Rich Heritage of Diversity” in the Washington Post about the reversal of gay rights in India. (Dec 20, 2013)

Extended list of media articles, essays and interviews (available soon on my author website).