About this day
Do your students wonder what mathematicians do?
At our interactive and inspirational day they will discover how classroom maths is used by people every day in fields from statistics, engineering and cyber security to research mathematics. Five renowned speakers from universities, industries and the media reveal mathematics at its very best and your students will have a whole lot of fun along the way!
Programme & speakers
Enigma and the secret world of code breaking James Grime, Mathematician and communicator
Dr James Grime looks at the fascinating history and mathematics of codes and code breaking – from ancient Greece to the present day – including a demonstration of an original WWII Enigma Machine!
About James Grime
Dr. James Grime is a speaker, maths populariser and YouTube sensation. He has toured the world with his code-breaking talk.
Lies, Damned Lies, and Newspapers Emily Grossman, Broadcaster
Can we believe everything we read in the papers? The media constantly misuse, misinterpret and abuse statistics. In this interactive and amusing talk, Dr Emily Grossman takes a light-hearted look at these issues, illustrated with examples from her own experience as a TV science broadcaster.
About Emily Grossman
Emily teaches maths and science and explains science stuff on a range of TV and radio programmes including the panel game-show Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (hosted by Lee Mack).
Magical maths: a practical session Ben Sparks, Mathematician, musician, teacher
Maths and magic have gone together for 1000s of years. The skills involved in analysing an illusion are very similar to the problem-solving skills needed in mathematics. Students will have a chance to work out a few mathematical magic tricks and then perform them.
About Ben Sparks
Ben is a mathematician, musician and teacher, based at the University of Bath. He regularly gives talks and workshops to schools. Ben still gets surprisingly excited about imaginary numbers.
The Monty Hall problem Emma McCoy, Deputy Head of Mathematics, Imperial College London
Suppose you’re on a game show, and you’re given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a Ferrari; behind the others, goats. You pick a door and the host opens another door which has a goat. Should you switch? Find out with Emma!
About Emma McCoy
Emma teaches the introductory probability course at Imperial College London. She has given many talks in schools and been involved in the Royal Institution Masterclass series for many years.
Maths and chocolate Helen Wilson, University College London
Discover the story of a maths project that made it all the way to the Washington Post. Chocolate is wonderful (of course) but the maths we can use to describe it also explain the behaviour of everything from custard to bullet-proof vests.
About Helen Wilson
Helen Wilson is a mathematician from UCL. She works on weird fluids – many different ones including molten plastics, uncooked custard, and even mucus, but her favourite is chocolate.