About this day
Do your students wonder what mathematicians do?
At our interactive and inspirational day for KS4 students 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
The Simpsons and their mathematical secrets Simon Singh, Writer and broadcaster
Everyone knows that The Simpsons is probably the most successful show in television history. Simon Singh will explain how a team of mathematically gifted writers have covered everything from calculus to geometry, from pi to game theory, and from infinitesimals to infinity in various episodes of The Simpsons.
About Simon Singh
Simon is an author and broadcaster. His books include Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book, The Big Bang, Trick or Treatment and most recently The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.
Lies, damned lies, and newspapers Emily Grossman, Broadcaster
Can we believe everything we read in the papers? In this highly 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
Dr. Emily Grossman has a degree in Natural Sciences, a diploma in Musical Theatre and a PhD in Molecular Biology. She teaches maths and science and explains sciency stuff on a range of TV and radio programmes. She is best known as a resident science expert on Sky TV’s comedy panel game-show Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (hosted by Lee Mack).
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.
A special session of practical maths Colin Wright, Mathematician and juggler
Several games played by children of all ages turn out to have connections between them, and investigating those connections has turned up some surprising results. In the interactive workshop we get to play some of the games, see some of the connections, and discover some interesting maths and unsolved problems.
About Colin Wright
Colin received his maths doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance.
Brain Inspired Computing Stephen Lynch, Manchester Metropolitan University
The average human brain consists of about 100 billion neurons connected by around a thousand trillion synapses – it is the most powerful computer known and yet only consumes about 25 Watts of power. Steve will introduce you to the mathematicians who have invented a way to perform conventional computing using brain dynamics with remarkable consequences!
About Stephen Lynch
Stephen is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (FIMA) and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He is a world leader in the use of Maths packages in teaching, learning, assessment, research and employability having written Python, Maple, Mathematica and MATLAB books for Springer publishers.