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 and engineering 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
Tor, statistics and the dark net Cerys Bradley, UCL
The dark net is a part of the internet designed to let users hide their identity. Cerys will shine a light on this private world of political activism, cybercrime and more using the immense power of statistics.
About Cerys Bradley
Cerys uses maths to investigate the impact of law enforcement interventions on Dark Net Market users. She is interested in Privacy Enhancing Technologies and Cybercrime.
The art of solving real world problems Nira Chamberlain, Babcock International Group
Nira will show us how mathematical modelling can be used to create a computer virus, make a Formula 1 car go faster and simulate a world economical crash.
About Nira Chamberlain
Nira has over 20 years’ experience writing mathematical models/simulation algorithms that solve complex industrial problems. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
The numbers of structures Roma Agrawal, Structural Engineer
Ever wondered how the bridges, buildings and tunnels which surround us in the city were designed and built? Roma will show you how people, cars, nature and materials are turned into numbers to make sure our structures don’t collapse.
About Roma Agrawal
Roma, an award winning broadcaster and structural engineer is described as “the new voice of women talking about science and engineering and making it cool” by The Telegraph.
Voting for Goats Matt Pritchard, Scientist and Magician
From TV game shows to General Elections we’re often forced to make choices based on numbers. In this interactive show Dr Matt Pritchard will reveal how our brains can be easily tricked and what we can do boost our critical thinking.
About Matt Pritchard
Dr Matt Pritchard is an award-winning magician (and member of the magic circle), comedian and creative communicator. His amazing performances both inspire and inform.
Guy Martin's wall of death and other spinning things Hugh Hunt, University of Cambridge
In a presentation full of exiting demonstrations Hugh will answer some fundamental questions including, why does a spinning top stand up? And how do cats always manage to land upright?
About Hugh Hunt
Dr Hugh Hunt is a Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration at Cambridge University. He is a regular presenter on Channel 4 documentaries, including “Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb” and “Guy Martin Wall of Death”. He has an impressive collection of boomerangs which he uses to inspire students in the study of dynamics and mechanics.