The mission of my blog is to show you surprising ways of using maths. However, today I’ll make an exception: I’ll talk about an example of maths abuse. Surely you’ve heard that tomorrow we have the Blue Monday, apparently the most depressing day of the year. Even restaurants and shops all over the UK become … Continue reading

# Category Archives: Maths – behind the scenes

# 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

# You better watch out, you better not cry!

Santa Claus is coming to town… Or rather to many towns. But in what order? There are many mysteries around Santa Claus, but one thing I know for sure: he has some very strong mathematicians among his elves. Otherwise he’d never be able to solve a notoriously difficult mathematical problem he has to face every … Continue reading

# Why are you laughing?

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

# 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