The Best Articles in Math

The most useful articles and videos in Math from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Math Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Math by Refind users in 2023 so far.

  1. The mathematically correct way to tie your shoes
  2. Why Mathematicians Re-Prove What They Already Know
  3. Recounting the History of Math’s Transcendental Numbers
  4. How Lossless Data Compression Works
  5. The Extraordinary Ways Rhythm Shapes Our Lives


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What is ...?

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Short Articles

Short on time? Check out these useful short articles in Math—all under 10 minutes.

Long Articles

These are some of the most-read long-form articles in Math.

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Math, including:

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Research, News, and Commentary from Nature, the international journal of science. For daily science news, get Nature Briefing:

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Quanta Magazine

Illuminating math and science. Supported by @SimonsFdn. 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting.

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XKCD Comic

XKCD comic feed with images and mobile friendly links. Unofficial, feed run by @dghubble

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Popular Mechanics

The best in tech, science, aerospace, DIY and auto news. Sign up for our newsletter:

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Stephen Wolfram

I create ideas, technology, science, companies, books, ...: #WolfLang #WolframPhysics #WolframAlpha #Mathematica @WolframResearch

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