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 everyday 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! This day features a special session with expert hints and tips for exam success.
Programme & speakers
Maths, murder and malaria Steve Le Comber, Queen Mary University of London
In a talk spanning mathematics, Jack the Ripper, great white sharks and the Gestapo, Steve will explain how he used geographic profiling to investigate the identity of the artist Banksy and how he reanalysed a Gestapo case from the 1940s.
About Steve Le Comber
Steve’s research covers a wide range of subjects within evolutionary biology, including mathematical and computer models of molecular evolution. Much of this work focuses on the mathematics of spatial patterns
Maths' greatest unsolved puzzles Katie Steckles, Mathematics Communicator
Every mathematical question is a puzzle and there’ll be plenty of puzzles for you to chew over while mathematician Katie Steckles introduces questions that still leave mathematicians stumped, from simple-sounding number and shape problems, to mind-bending fundamental questions.
About Katie Steckles
Since finishing her PhD in mathematics Katie has talked about maths at science & music festivals, on BBC radio, as part of theatre shows and online .
Alex's Adventures in Numberland Alex Bellos, author and broadcaster
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.
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.
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.
Fallacies of probability and risk Norman Fenton, Queen Mary London University
Norman will highlight how basic misunderstandings of probability lead to flawed decision-making in many critical areas such as medical diagnostics and forensic evidence interpretation. He will highlight how a simple mathematical formula (Bayes’ Theorem) can help avoid the worst of these errors.
About Norman Fenton
Norman Fenton is Professor of Risk Information Management at Queen Mary London University and is also Chief Executive Officer of Agena, a company that specialises in risk management for critical systems.