I’ve collected some of my favorite math-y or stats-y articles or posts from the past couple of years. Hope you enjoy!

538 wrote a feature on tornadoes and statistics; it’s also about separating real patterns from pareidolia (perceiving patterns when there really aren’t any). It’s also about the place where I grew up, so it’s a question that was relevant to my life for a long time.

This post talks about how some folks tracked down the cause of weird disruptions in Singapore’s railway system. I thought the authors did a good job showing how they worked with the data, what kinds of visualizations they made, and how they confirmed their suspicions.

Christian Lawson-Perfect wrote about investigations into times tables and a way in which 13 is particularly “bad.” It’s a cool problem and really accessible to high school students, especially if they can program a little.

Quanta had an article about the last edition of *Proofs from THE BOOK. *It has some interesting thoughts on what makes a beautiful proof and what the role of ugly mathematics is. At one point, Michael Pershan wondered on Twitter about the role of surprise in beautiful proofs, and this addresses that a little. It’s something I want to write about at some point.

“Math’s Beautiful Monsters” mashes together real analysis, chaos, stochastics, and fluids, all things that I love. It tells a mathematical story that I had never thought of as a single story. I wouldn’t have thought about it this way, but it’s pretty compelling.

This Stanford news story talks about a PhD student who studied mathematical diagrams in various copies and translations of Euclid’s *Elements*. As someone who at various points has been really interested in both visual representations in math and the role of the *Elements* in math history, I found this cool.

This SIAM News Blog post is a good introduction to the shallow water equations (which are a decent first model for a lot of geophysical applications) and the numerical methods you can use in solving them.

“Normal America” is an interesting look (with some well-described stats) at what “normal America” actually is. I think about this post a lot.