As we close out 2019, not to mention the decade, it seems natural to take stock of our personal and professional journeys through space-time. Here at Quanta, I’m thrilled to report that our award-winning journalism is reaching more readers than ever. About 9 million readers visited QuantaMagazine.org this year, and millions more read our articles in partner publications and in several other languages around the world.
To get a sense of some of the most significant intellectual developments of the past year, last week’s newsletter featured our review of the top trends and accomplishments in physics, biology and math and computer science. This week, we’re sharing the 10 stories that were most read by you, our valued readers. (Scroll down to read, in order, our most popular stories of 2019.)
Not on the list but worthy of mention: Kevin Hartnett’s article about the effort to explain a surprising link between two seemingly unconnected areas of geometry was published in the 2019 edition of the Best Writing on Mathematics anthology. Patrick Honner elucidated cutting edge mathematics for high school students and teachers. Pradeep Mutalik asked whether true randomness exists and whether the universe needs elegant mathematics in his brain-bending puzzle columns. Susan Valot took the Quanta Science Podcast to new heights. The second season of our In Theory video series concluded with a historical explainer about how Feynman diagrams forever changed physics. And, just in time for the holidays, we opened a Quanta gift store where you can find our books, T-shirts, athletic wear, hoodies, tote bags and baby bodysuits.
Thinking ahead to 2020, we’ll be launching an exciting new podcast (stay tuned!) along with many ambitious new pieces of science and math journalism. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy the magazine in the new year and to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Editor in Chief