Whenever I write a new blog post, I discover something new. Usually it’s a fun maths fact, but this time I stumbled upon a website for aspiring millionaires: http://most-expensive.com/. You’ll find there answers to all your burning questions about most expensive things : celebrity homes for sale (it’s Billy Joel’s Sagaponack Village Home, if you’re … Continue reading

# Category Archives: Maths – behind the scenes

# Cat among the pigeons

In most my articles I explain how maths can be applied to real world problems. Time to look at the real world applied to maths! Pigeon keeping doesn’t seem to be popular in the UK, which is another thing I like about this country (you wouldn’t believe how messy it can get). This hobby gave … Continue reading

# Money blowing in the wind

I bet you’re not looking forward to receiving your monthly electricity bills. Can you predict how much you’ll be charged this time? Short answer: assume that more than you’d be willing to pay. Long answer: spend a couple of years studying how electricity prices evolve in time. Yes, that’s exactly what my PhD is about. … Continue reading

# Superegg

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

# 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