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).
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
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).
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.
Practical session Alex Bellos, Author and broadcaster
In a session jam-packed with demonstrations and puzzles Alex will show how life reflects numbers and numbers reflect life. He will discuss psychological responses to mathematics and show how very simple rules can generate very complex behaviour. You will need a pen and paper for Alex’s presentation.
About Alex Bellos
Alex writes the infamous Monday maths puzzle for The Guardian. He is also the author of the popular maths bestsellers Alex’s Adventures in Numberland and Alex Through the Looking-Glass.