Jiri Matousek

Department of Applied Mathematics, Charles University, Prague, and Institute of Theoretical Computer Science, ETH Zurich

Prof. Jiri Matousek passed away after a serious illness on March 9th, 2015. Obituary.

Uceni/teaching in Prague (in Czech)

Lehre/teaching in Zurich

A disclaimer concerning applications for internships etc. (please read this before e-mailing me in such matters)

NEW: Computer Science Bc. and MSc. programs in English in Prague

The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University opens new study programs in Copmputer Science starting in fall 2013. This is basically the time-proven curriculum we have been teaching for a number of years, but now also taught in English. Note that it also offers the possibility of attending the classes taught by members of the Department of Applied Mathematics.

Scientific writings

Recent papers; old papers that may be difficult to access in libraries; list of publications.


Other on-line materials

A note on publishing in journals

Currently I'm trying to prefer reasonably priced mathematical journals and, in particular, open-access (i.e., zero price) journals - in submitting my papers and also in deciding which refereeing and editorial jobs to accept. Here is a survey of prices of math journals (sorted by price per page).

An interesting new development in this direction is a publicly declared boycott of Elsevier, which I also joined (also see this statement of purpose signed by a number of great mathematicians, and this report with some tables and arguments).


Email: "matousek" then the at sign and then kam mff cuni cz, separated by dots, of course.

Phone (in Prague): (+420) 2 2191 4290

Mailing address:
Department of Applied Mathematics
Malostranske namesti 25
118 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic

A quotation

Nicholas was not to be of the party; he was in disgrace. Only that morning he had refused to eat his wholesome bread-and-milk on the seemingly frivolous ground that there was a frog in it. Older and wiser and better people had told him that there could not possibly be a frog in his bread-and-milk and that he was not to talk nonsense; he continued, nevertheless, to talk what seemed the veriest nonsense, and described with much detail the colourations and markings of the alleged frog. The dramatic part of the incident was that there really was a frog in Nicholas' basin of bread-and-milk; he had put it there himself, so he felt entitled to know something about it. The sin of taking a frog from the garden and putting it into a bowl of wholesome bread-and-milk was enlarged on at great length, but the fact that stood out clearest in the whole affair, as it presented itself to the mind of Nicholas, was that the older, wiser, and better people had been proved to be profoundly in error in matters about which they had expressed the utmost assurance.
-- H. H. Munro (Saki), in: The Best of Saki, Pan Books, London 1976