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

# Climate change and me – let’s get serious!

Imagine a sun-sea-sand vacation. You are lying under a palm tree, sipping a drink and working on your tan; and when you get bored, you can catch a train and in about an hour arrive to London. If this is how the climate change will impact the UK, count me in. However, scientists prefer the … Continue reading

# If I Reacted to Other People’s Careers the Way They React to Me Becoming a Mathematician

Originally posted on PUT IT ALL ON RED:

You’re a doctor? I don’t really know anything about medicine, but can you explain exactly how the endocrine system works in two minutes or less? You’re a writer? I had a terrible writing teacher in high school. I bet I wouldn’t like you. You’re a carpenter? You…

# 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