I like cake. What I do not like is sharing my cake (I’m a properly spoiled only child). I’m sure that I always get the smallest piece, seriously! Good that we have maths and that last year two mathematicians, Haris Aziz and Simon Mackenzie, published a paper “A Discrete and Bounded Envy-Free Cake Cutting Protocol … Continue reading

# Category Archives: Maths in the society

# 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

# 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

# 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…

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

# 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