Recently I described my FameLab exprerience. In the Polish edition as well as in the London heat I was talking about air turbulence and how it’s influenced by climate change. I was a bit surprised when some journalists approached me afterwards saying: “Oh, you’re the one who gave a presentation about van Gogh!”. Even though famous … Continue reading

# Category Archives: Maths in the society

# 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

# Women in maths

In a few days we’ll celebrate the International Women’s Day, so not writing a post about women in maths would be unforgivable negligence. Don’t worry, it isn’t a rant about how females in maths are treated terribly. In fact, I believe that being a mathematician is the best job if you’re a woman, want to … 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

# You are wrong

You may have nothing to do with mathematics. Or you’re an experienced statistician. It doesn’t matter when you make your everyday decisions. Our brains just can’t deal with probabilities – even if we have profound knowledge of underlying theorems. When we have to reason intuitively, we make elementary mistakes. This discovery proved to be such … Continue reading

# East vs West: where do they train better mathematicians?

Maths always stays the same, no matter where you live, what language you speak or what you do. However, studying maths can be a completely different experience depending on the country or even university you’ve chosen. While doing my degree I’ve spent some time at four universities in two countries (unless you believe that Scotland … Continue reading