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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

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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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20th July 1969

20th July 1969
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1969, a certain Mr Armstrong touched down on the moon and spoke about a giant leap for mankind, but how was all of this observed in communist Poland? Adam Węgłowski
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The Revelations of Mr Rovelli

The Revelations of Mr Rovelli
Understanding Quantum Physics

Magazine / science
In explaining quantum mechanics, the physicist Carlo Rovelli tries to combine science with the everyday experience of the world. Łukasz Kaniewski

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Cosmic Matters (Spring 2022)

Cosmic Matters (Spring 2022)

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Our science editor delivers news from Earth and space, including the James Webb Space Telescope, the sun’s Nemesis, and the longest thunderbolt ever recorded. Łukasz Kaniewski
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Natural Order

Natural Order
The Regular Patterns of Nature

Magazine / science
From fractals to columnar joints, the natural world is home to many stunning patterns and regularities. Mikołaj Golachowski
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Let’s Swarm

Let’s Swarm
How Honeybees Find a Nest

Magazine / science
In May and June, honeybees migrate to a new nesting site. How do scout bees communicate potential sites in order for the colony to make a collective decision? Łukasz Kaniewski

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In-gene-ious Solutions

In-gene-ious Solutions
The Biological Codes of Nature

Magazine / science
In the natural world, biological codes play an important evolutionary role in ensuring that animals communicate honestly – and continue to survive. Szymon Drobniak
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A Recipe for Death

A Recipe for Death
How the Body Ages

Magazine / science
The ageing process in the human body is the sum of various symptoms, each of which can affect living cells. Tomasz Sitarz

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Jungle Liars

Jungle Liars
On Mimicry in Nature

Magazine / science
The natural world is full of examples of mimicry, whereby animals adapt or change their appearance in order to deceive nearby threats. Szymon Drobniak
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Through Storm and Drought

Through Storm and Drought
The Life of Edith and Frederic Clements

Magazine / science
Edith and Frederic Clements were early pioneers in ecology and the holistic approach to nature – yet their work has not been fully appreciated until recently. Paulina Wilk

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Psychology Is Our Modern Mythology
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Psychology Is Our Modern Mythology

Magazine / science
Contemporary psychology – with its rites, symbols and stories – plays the same role for modern humankind as mythology once played for our forebears. Rami Gabriel
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Feathered Flirts, Avian Advances

Feathered Flirts, Avian Advances
An Interview About Birds

Reading / science
Author and naturalist Jacek Karczewski talks about the sexual habits of birds, their symbolism in Europe, and why we must strive to describe animals in empathetic terms. Stasia Budzisz

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Partial Recall

Partial Recall
A Neuroscientist Explains Memory

Reading / science
An expert in neuroscience talks about what memory is, whether we can train it, and if we might be able to read other people’s thoughts in the future. Aleksandra Pezda
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Simple Answers Don’t Exist

Simple Answers Don’t Exist
An Interview with Carl Zimmer

Magazine / science
Popular science writer Carl Zimmer talks about the multitude of ways in which we can define life and death, and what this means for us. Jan Dzierzgowski

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The Giants of the Ice Realm

The Giants of the Ice Realm
The Phenomenon of Polar Gigantism

Magazine / science
Rather than shrinking in the cold, the animal inhabitants of polar seas tend to be much larger than their temperate relations. Why might this be? Mikołaj Golachowski
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The Fabricating Mind

The Fabricating Mind
When Memory Fails You

Magazine / science
As the pioneering work of Elizabeth Loftus shows, memory is fallible – and can, in fact, be replaced by imagination when we are asked to recall past events. Sylwia Niemczyk

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Trees Die Twice

Trees Die Twice
On the Death of Plant Life

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Trees not only live much longer than humans and other animals – they also die differently, piece-by-piece, in a carefully-planned process. Szymon Drobniak
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Non-Human Admiration

Non-Human Admiration
Are Animals Capable of Delight?

Magazine / science
The natural world is full of beauty, so why do we assume that only humans can perceive it? Perhaps animals are capable of delight, too? Mikołaj Golachowski

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The Eccentricities of Lady Lovelace

The Eccentricities of Lady Lovelace
The Life of Ada Lovelace

Magazine / science
Born in the early 19th century, Ada Lovelace defied the gender norms of her time by making significant contributions to the field of computing – and becoming the first computer programmer. Piotr Żelazny
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The Quack

The Quack
Nature’s Miracle Cures

Magazine / science
Zoopharmacognosy—the self-medicating behavior of birds and other animals—can teach us humans a lot about how to live in tandem with the natural world. Szymon Drobniak