Had you recently visited our maths department, you would have felt like during the World Cup: students and researchers engaged in heated discussions while watching a 45-minute-long video. Only instead of a football game, we followed a lecture broadcast from Heidelberg in Germany. On Monday 24th September, Sir Michael Atiyah, the esteemed Fields Medalist and … Continue reading

# Category Archives: Famous mathematicians

# What you don’t see

Do you have a cat? You might want to think about moving to a flat on the sixth floor or higher. The study shows that cats surviving falls from floors below the sixth tend to get more serious injuries than the ones falling from higher floors. It might be because at the fifth floor level … Continue reading

# The remarkable man

If you ever forget the name of some theorem, try to look confidently and claim it’s “the one by Gauss”. You might be wrong, but the odds are in your favour. Today we celebrate the 241st birthday an ingenious German mathematician, Carl Friedrich Gauss. He’s often named the greatest mathematician of all times, and while … Continue reading

# “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny”

My plan for today was to publish an article about π, to celebrate the International Pi Day (check out my last year’s post). Unfortunately we all woke up to hear very sad news: Stephen Hawking has died. Only yesterday I and my office mate J. had an interesting conversation about the importance of social skills … Continue reading

# Maths in Basel

A few days ago I visited Basel, a beautiful city located between three countries: Switzerland, France and Germany. Even a famous mathematical problem was named after this place. In 1644 an Italian mathematician Pietro Mengoli stated the following question: what is the numerical value of the sum For many years this problem confused even great … Continue reading

# Nights out, blondes and Disney princes

The most sexist movie scene? The famous “if we all go for the blonde” from “A Beautiful Mind” definitely could win such a competition. If you haven’t seen this scene, stop reading and do it now (unless your PhD work is screaming for attention, then stop reading anyway, you have other stuff to do). Otherwise … Continue reading

# A big loss…

When I wrote about Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female Fields medalist, I didn’t expect that only four months later we’ll have to say goodbye to her… Yesterday this 40-year-old professor died after a battle with breast cancer. It’s a great loss not only for mathematicians working in the fields of complex geometry and dynamical systems, but … Continue reading