How mathematical proofs are obtained.

Abstruse goose

The above cartoon from Abstruse Goose demonstrates the not always linear path of new discoveries in mathematics. How mathematics is discovered is not the same as how mathematics is presented.

This also reminds me of a very famous humorous quote:

mathematicians can prove only trivial theorems, because every theorem that is proved is trivial!

Richard Feynman in “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character, Richard Feynman, Ralph Leighton (contributor), Edward Hutchings (editor), 1985, W W Norton, ISBN 0-393-01921-7

Warsztaty Geometrii Różniczkowej talk


I am giving a talk on Wednesday 6th of March as part of the Warsztaty Geometrii Różniczkowej (Workshop on Differential Geometry) here at IMPAN Warsaw. The title will be “Odd Jacobi manifolds and Jacobi algebroids”.

In the talk I will outline some of my work on odd Jacobi manifolds as well as their applications to odd contact geometry and Jacobi algebroids (a.k.a generalised Lie algebroids or Lie algebroids in the presence of a one-cocycle). The talk will be largely based on my paper “Odd Jacobi manifolds: general theory and applications to generalised Lie algebroids” Extracta Math. 27(1) (2012), 91-123.


Advancing women in mathematics: good practice in UK university departments


The London Mathematical Societry launched its report Advancing women in mathematics: good practice in UK university departments at the House of Commons on 27th February.

The LMS is concerned about the loss of women from mathematics, particularly at the higher levels of research and teaching, and at the missed opportunities that this represents. Through its Women in Mathematics Committee it established a Good Practice Scheme and supporting departments participated in a benchmarking survey which led to this report.

The report is avaliable here (opend PDF)

House of Commons Launch of Good Practice Report (LMS)