My most popular posts are generally the silly ones, like these:
- Headlines from a Mathematically Literate World (reposted at Huffington Post)
- Why Not to Trust Statistics
- Math Experts Split the Check (reprinted in Math Horizons)
- What Does Probability Mean in Your Profession?
- How to Tell a Mathematician You Love Them
- Literature’s Greatest Opening Lines, as Written by Mathematicians
- Mathematicians Explain Sports to Each Other
- If Math Wrote Letters
- Why Are Mathematicians So Bad at Arithmetic?
- A Mathematician’s New Year’s Resolutions
The other class of well-liked posts are essays about education, like these:
- What It Feels Like to Be Bad at Math (reposted at Slate)
- The Math Ceiling: Where’s Your Cognitive Breaking Point? (later adapted for Math Horizons)
- Why Do We Pay Pure Mathematicians?
- The State of Being Stuck
- The Math Major Who Never Reads Math
- Black Boxes (or: Just Say No to Voodoo Formulas)
- Why I’ve Stopped Doing Interviews for Yale
Anyway, those are other people’s favorites. Here are some that I’m particularly fond of:
- The Church of the Right Answer
- A Fight with Euclid (reprinted in At Right Angles)
- Once, There Weren’t Numbers
- The Mathematician’s Haiku Book
- 39 Ways to Love Math
- The Kaufman Decimals
- The Math Aficionado’s Guide to High Fives
- 25 Are Here, and 1 is Not (a tribute to Maryam Mirzakhani)
- A Guide to Mathematical Emotions
You might also check out Bear in the Moonlight, a seven-post series of probability fables.
Last but not least, there’s the post that remains, four years later, the most popular that I’ve ever done: Ultimate Tic Tac Toe.