I was wondering if people had recommendations for mathematical essays (by this I mean essays on a mathematical topic, not necessarily essays written by mathematicians).

A person who I used to find entertaining to read at high school was Isaac Asimov, although for some reason he did not write many essays on pure mathematics. In particular I remember the essay collection X Stands for Unknown, which had several entertaining mathematics essays, most of them with a combinatorial flavour if I remember rightly.

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    $\begingroup$ there is an extensive list at mathoverflow.net/q/220052/11260 $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 17:51
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    $\begingroup$ Martin Gardner, maybe? But does this question belong to Mathoverflow? $\endgroup$
    – user43326
    Commented Jul 1, 2020 at 17:51

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Gian-Carlo Rota wrote beautifully and widely, my personal favourite.


Ed Sandifer and his column in AMM "How Euler Did It" ("HEDI").


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