Cheesy and Nerdy
Maths - behind the scenes / Maths in the society / Maths is fun / Pop culture

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

Simpson in: “Kidney Trouble”
Biomathematics / Maths in the society / Stats

Simpson in: “Kidney Trouble”

Comparison of treatment of renal calculi by open surgery, percutaneous nephrolithotomy, and extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy. In applied maths we deal not only with integrals and random processes, but also with ideas proposed by biologists, meteorologists, economists or medical doctors, as in this case. The trick is to pick out the essence of their research and … Continue reading

A big loss…
Famous mathematicians / Maths in the society

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

Money blowing in the wind
Maths - behind the scenes / Maths in the society / Maths is fun / PhD / Weather

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