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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

# I’m dreaming of a white Christmas…

Yes, exactly like the ones I used to know. Growing up in Poland in the nineties wasn’t worriless. Even though, contrary to the common belief, we have polar bears only in zoos, it can get quite cold here. Not the English type of cold (wet and windy minus one), but minus twenty degrees or so. … Continue reading

# One fine day

I finally got a chance to listen to the new album of Sting, one of my favourite artists: “57th and 9th”. By definition, it’s good – Sting has never recorded any unsuccessful songs! But why am I talking about some CD on a blog about maths and climate science? Because this album contains a single … Continue reading

# Mathematicians have a love life too!

I reached this age when my grandma keeps giving me the valuable piece of advice: I should finally settle down, get married and have kids. This idea is quite tempting, especially in the middle of the week, when I’m stuck on the theorem that, according to the author of the paper, is “trivial” and “easy … Continue reading

# It’s time to stop changing time

It’s the last weekend of October again. If on Sunday you’ll be in the a European Union country (still including the UK), you can sleep one hour longer. Don’t get too excited, you’ll lose this hour in March. There’s no free lunch, I’m afraid. I won’t lie: I believe that daylight saving time (DST) is … Continue reading