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Ziedo Solomon

Hi, I'm Ziedo!

I graduated from Warwick in 2014 (Mathematics), and started the MAS CDT the following autumn.

My academic interests include mathematical systems modelling, and particularly medical applications of mathematics.

Mini Project 1

Supervised by Dr. Joanna Collingwood (Engineering), I studied metal detection and imaging in the brain, particularly in relation to Alzhemers disease. I went to the university hospital to use their CT scanner, and also used MicroCT facilities in the School of Engineering. I will be starting my PhD with Joanna in October, continuing the work we started in my miniproject, where I will also be able to get my hands on some mathematical modelling.

Mini Project 2

Supervised by Prof. Pete O'Connor (Chemistry) and co-supervised by Dr. Simon Spencer (Statistics), I investigated peak-picking algorithms in two dimensional FT-ICR mass spectrometry.


I am incredibly passionate about public outreach and making science and maths accessible to more people.

I attended the Diamond Light Source open exhibit in Oxford with Dr. Joanna Collingwood, on a schools open day and a public open day (11,000 members of the public), where people came in and spoke to us about the work we do, and how we can use synchotrons to generate X-rays which are used to scan tissue samples for medical research purposes. It was a rare opportunity to not only talk to members of the public and see their reaction to the cutting edge science that we do on a daily basis here at Warwick, but also to chat with people from other universities about the work they do, and suggest ways to collaborate with fellow scientists in the future.


I love sport and I'm on the university ski team. Here is me in a slope-side clinic after jumping off a cliff that was, to use a technical term, "too big".



If anyone can solve all 3 of these and come find me with FULL SOLUTIONS, I will buy you a beer (or beverage of your choice).
They start off easy and get harder.

1. The islanders

There is a large monastery of silent monks on an island. They never talk. There are no mirrors, no reflective surfaces, and no way to see their own face. Which is a terrible shame, since there is a fatal illness that some of them have developed, which presents as large blotches on their face. There are no other symptoms.

One warm saturday afternoon, around 1pm, the leader (who himself may or may not have the illness) speaks out, and tells everyone that this illness has affected some of the islanders, and that a boat will come at 6pm today, and indeed every other day, to collect those who wish to go to hospital and get treatment.

By Thursday evening, all of the affected monks have somehow figured out that they have the illness and have left the island.

How many monks had the illness, and how did they know?

2. The card deck

You are in a dark room with no way to see anything infront of you. You are sitting at a table with a standard 52 card deck infront of you. 26 are turned face up, and 26 are turned face down. The whole deck is shuffled. Your task is to separate the deck into two smaller decks, 26 cards in each, such that in each pile there are the same number as face-up cards as there are face-down cards.

While being confused as to which particular life decisions got you into this bizarre situation, how do you do it?

3. Actual maths

What is the 100th digit after the decimal point of the number (1+\sqrt{2})^{2015}?

Contact me

z.solomon at warwick dot ac dot uk