Imagine you meet a friend that you haven’t seen for ages. You remember that she has two children, but wouldn’t be able to tell their genders even if your life depended on that (my memory is also good but short, you’re not alone). Were they two boys? Two girls? A boy and a girl? You’re … Continue reading

# Adventures in Chance-ylvania

In case you don’t live in the UK and didn’t get hold of the new Chalkdust magazine, here‘s the online version of my article about vampires and some maths 😉 Enjoy! Continue reading

# “Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny”

My plan for today was to publish an article about π, to celebrate the International Pi Day (check out my last year’s post). Unfortunately we all woke up to hear very sad news: Stephen Hawking has died. Only yesterday I and my office mate J. had an interesting conversation about the importance of social skills … Continue reading

# Let’s have a maths party!

When people ask me about my favourite form of communicating science, I don’t have an answer. You know me mostly from my science writing. Will you enjoy me speaking as well? Check out my TEDx talk! “Let’s have a maths party!” Continue reading

# Maths in Basel

A few days ago I visited Basel, a beautiful city located between three countries: Switzerland, France and Germany. Even a famous mathematical problem was named after this place. In 1644 an Italian mathematician Pietro Mengoli stated the following question: what is the numerical value of the sum For many years this problem confused even great … Continue reading

# Sneezing through the data

I was doing so well, but they finally got me too – rhinoviruses, the usual cause of common cold. So here I am, lying in bed, sneezing louder than my neighbour practicing piano in the middle of the night. This weekend I ventured outside just once – to get some orange juice, because I had … Continue reading

# Feeling blue?

The mission of my blog is to show you surprising ways of using maths. However, today I’ll make an exception: I’ll talk about an example of maths abuse. Surely you’ve heard that tomorrow we have the Blue Monday, apparently the most depressing day of the year. Even restaurants and shops all over the UK become … Continue reading