If there’s a perfect time to write about eggy shapes, this must the the Holy Week. This article reads best while munching on your chocolate egg hunt loot. Let me take you to centre of Stockholm – back in 1959. The capital of Sweden was being rebuilt after World War II. As a part of … Continue reading

# Category Archives: Maths – behind the scenes

# Happy Pi Day!

Happy what? For my less nerdy readers: today we celebrate the amazing number π=3.14159… Of course its holiday must fall on the 14th of March, 3/14 in American notation. By the way, on the 22nd of July (7/22) we observe the Pi Approximation Day, because even though π cannot be written as any fraction, it … Continue reading

# What can you do in 3 minutes?

I haven’t written anything for a while, but I have a good excuse. I participated in FameLab, both British and Polish editions. FameLab is an international competition for scientists, who want to communicate research effectively. The idea is simple: we have 3 minutes to talk about our favourite scientific concept. The stage is ours for … Continue reading

# See you later, alligator!

Recently I explained what a mathematical model is. I thought you might be interested in learning how mathematical modelling works in practice. My first encounter with this process was a research project that considered… a population of crocodiles. I find crocodiles really fascinating. They’ve been on the Earth for millions years, thus we can call … Continue reading

# You don’t look like a model!

The word “model” belongs to the vocabulary of every applied mathematician. Model of this, model of that… What do we actually mean when we talk about mathematical modelling? I hadn’t realised that this word might be confusing until I attended the UK Graduate Modelling Camp 2016 in Oxford. When I was trying to check in … Continue reading

# Programming is a piece of cake

When I think about famous mathematicians born in previous centuries, I imagine a handsome young man (well, my gender-biased imagination probably confirms the statements from my last article). He is sitting under a blooming tree with a quill and a scroll of parchment covered with equations. I must have lumped together mathematicians and poets, with … Continue reading