I like to think that mathematicians are normal human beings – with one exception. Our jokes. Hilarious for us, completely not understandalbe for muggles. Time to change that! Today I’ll introduce you to my favourite maths puns and try to explain them. Don’t worry if you get lost – many of these jokes relate to … Continue reading

# Piece of cake

I like cake. What I do not like is sharing my cake (I’m a properly spoiled only child). I’m sure that I always get the smallest piece, seriously! Good that we have maths and that last year two mathematicians, Haris Aziz and Simon Mackenzie, published a paper “A Discrete and Bounded Envy-Free Cake Cutting Protocol … Continue reading

# Cheesy and Nerdy

If I like a song, it probably can be described as cheesy or nerdy. Luckily there exists a song that fulfils both criteria: “Finite Simple Group (of Order Two)” by the Klein Four Group. The video is absolutely fabulous, make sure you watch it before you continue reading! To help you fully appreciate the cheesiness … Continue reading

# Keep me in the loop!

When a while ago I came back home (way too late), I was greeted by my neighbour with an enthusiastic “Paula, finally, I need a mathematician, I have a puzzle for you!”. Challenge accepted! However, my answer became a subject of many arguments, because it seems so unintuitive . Today my neighbour celebrates his birthday, so … Continue reading

# A double murder?

Statistics is like medicine – saves lives, but can kill when misused. That’s why we all should know at least the basics, no matter what we do for living. The lack of statistical knowledge has tragic consequences. On 26 September 1996 an English solicitor Sally Clark gave birth to a healthy son Christopher. Her happiness … Continue reading

# Simpson in: “Kidney Trouble”

Comparison of treatment of renal calculi by open surgery, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, and extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy. In applied maths we deal not only with integrals and random processes, but also with ideas proposed by biologists, meteorologists, economists or medical doctors, as in this case. The trick is to pick out the essence of their research and … Continue reading

# A tale of a statistician without an umbrella

You should have seen our office today – our cycle to work resembled swimming rather than biking, so wet clothes were hanging everywhere. Well, I can blame only myself, since a normal human being would assume that 98% probability of rain means “it WILL rain, take a bus”. However, being an incurable optimist, I counted … Continue reading