Rachel Crowell

Contributing Writer

A close-up, head-on portrait of computer scientist Rediet Abebe.

A Computer Scientist Who Tackles Inequality Through Algorithms

April 1, 2021

Rediet Abebe uses the tools of theoretical computer science to understand pressing social problems — and try to fix them.


Searching Symbols for the Rules of Change

November 17, 2020

Bryna Kra searches for the patterns in sequences of numbers that explain how complicated dynamical systems evolve over time.


Conducting the Mathematical Orchestra From the Middle

September 2, 2020

Emily Riehl is rewriting the foundations of higher category theory while also working to make mathematics more inclusive.

About the author

Rachel Crowell is a math and science writer based in Iowa who has written for Scientific AmericanScience News for Students, the American Mathematical Society, Eos and other publications. Rachel is also a former AAAS Mass Media fellow. Follow Rachel on Twitter at @writesRCrowell.