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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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The Man Who Measured the World

The Man Who Measured the World
The Life of Alexander von Humboldt

Magazine / science
Alexander von Humboldt spent most of his life observing and measuring nature across the world. In many ways, he is the godfather of ecology. Mirosław Wlekły
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The Poles From the Scottish Café

The Poles From the Scottish Café
The Lwów School of Mathematics

Magazine / science
The Lwów School of Mathematics comprised some of the most brilliant mathematical minds – the problems they posited still inspire the latest maths theories. Marek Górlikowski
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Cosmic Matters (Autumn 2021)

Cosmic Matters (Autumn 2021)

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Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including cosmic holograms, spraying aerosols into the atmosphere, and tardigrades on the moon. Łukasz Kaniewski

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Fledging Pains

Fledging Pains
The Truth About Animal Youth

Magazine / science
Just like among humans, parenting exists in the animal kingdom, too. Whether it constitutes purposeful teaching is still under debate. Mikołaj Golachowski
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To Know Beautifully

To Know Beautifully
Where Art and Science Meet

Magazine / science
Art and science might seem unconnected and dissimilar, yet the combination of these two disciplines is as wonderful as it is suprising. Szymon Drobniak
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Space on the Wave

Space on the Wave
The Astronomy of Gravitational Waves

Magazine / science
Gravitational waves are a significant development in astrophysics, opening up new avenues of cosmic understanding. But what are they? Piotr Stankiewicz

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22nd October 1909

22nd October 1909
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1909, Poland’s most important shrine – the Jasna Góra Monastery – was broken into; the painting of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa was stolen. But who committed the theft? Adam Węgłowski
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Psilocynations

Psilocynations
The Revolutionary Potential of Psychedelic Mushrooms

Magazine / science
Psychedelic mushrooms may be few in number in the fungi kingdom, but they have great potential for invoking permanent change among humans. Maciej Świetlik

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We’re Living in a Cosmic Dream
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We’re Living in a Cosmic Dream

Magazine / science
According to a recent theory in quantum mechanics, the universe is one big simulation – just like in “The Matrix”. Will you take the red or blue pill? Paul Ratner

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Metaphors of Nature

Metaphors of Nature
Towards a Trans-Species Understanding

Magazine / science
If only we humans would stop for a moment and observe the world around us, we might discover that there are other modes of cognition, just as fascinating as ours. Julia Fiedorczuk

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Always Against the Current

Always Against the Current
The Life of Viktor Schauberger

Magazine / science
Within his lifetime, Viktor Schauberger was often underappreciated. Yet today, the Austrian appears to have been a technological and ecological visionary. Monika Waraxa
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Trees Are Friendlier Than You Think
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Trees Are Friendlier Than You Think

Magazine / science
Somewhat surprisingly, trees that grow close together form sociable communities, where they ‘talk’ to each other, share information and look after themselves. Jonny Thomson

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Our Fungal Friends

Our Fungal Friends
Six Surprising Uses for Mushrooms

Magazine / science
We should not only think of mushrooms for their culinary uses – fungi hold immense ecological potential to repair the environment. Łukasz Nowacki
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The Beauty Factory

The Beauty Factory
The Aesthetics of Nature

Magazine / science
Nature’s colours and mathematical structures are fascinating. Why do the works of nature delight us so much? Szymon Drobniak

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Sound of Body, Sound of Mind

Sound of Body, Sound of Mind
The Science of Music Therapy

Reading / science
From free jazz to Bach, both music therapy and self-directed listening can have multiple health benefits for the human brain and mind. Enis Yucekoralp
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20th September 1519

20th September 1519
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1519, Ferdinand Magellan set sail for the Maluku Islands under the banner of Spain. Yet his attempt to circumnavigate the globe was seemingly doomed from the start... Adam Węgłowski

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27th August 1939

27th August 1939
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1939, Poland was on the brink of war with Germany. But the country was also celebrating a famous victory over the footballing stars of Central Europe, Hungary. Adam Węgłowski
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The Discreet Movements of the Sunflower

The Discreet Movements of the Sunflower
How Plants Move

Magazine / science
Plants – fixed to the earth by their roots – move in an entirely different way to humans and animals. What biological mechanisms enable their movement? Marcin Zych

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Dark Matters of the Universe

Dark Matters of the Universe
The Invisible in Astronomy

Magazine / science
Much of the physical world is invisible to us – none more so than the concepts of dark companions, dark matter and dark energy in astronomy. Piotr Stankiewicz
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Made for Walking?

Made for Walking?
The Evolution of Limbs

Magazine / science
The story of land vertebrates begins around 400 million years ago. But was the evolution of fins and then legs really such a great idea? Mikołaj Golachowski