About this day
With wickedly good speakers with a passion for what is without doubt the best subject (KS5 maths), we welcome you to this exceptional study day. Give your students the opportunity to meet our crack team of mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, architects, code-breakers, data scientists and more for the ultimate educational experience.
Programme & speakers
Fermat’s last theorem Simon Singh, Writer and broadcaster
Simon Singh, author of a book and director of a BBC documentary about Fermat’s Last Theorem discusses the origin of the problem, describes the heroes and villains who tried and failed to prove Fermat’s Last theorem and tells the story of Professor Andrew Wiles, who conquered Fermat’s challenge after working in secret for seven years.
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.
How to spot the naughty numbers in the news David Spiegelhalter FRS, University of Cambridge
Whether it’s the risks of eating burnt toast or changes in sexual habits, numbers are used to give weight to a story. But statistics are frequently abused, with exaggerations and misunderstandings disguised by the illusion of ‘hard facts’. David will show how to identify ‘number abuse’, and how some basic mathematics can take apart scare stories.
About David Spiegelhalter FRS
David Spiegelhalter is Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk and Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Cambridge. He leads a small team that attempts to improve the way in which the quantitive aspects of risk and uncertainty are discussed in society.
Are we made of maths? Mark Lewney, Mathematician and physicist
Does maths really exist, or is it just something people do? Was physicist Eugene Wigner right when he said that the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences is something bordering on the mysterious and that there is no rational explanation for it?
About Mark Lewney
Dr Mark Lewney, the Rock Doctor, winner of the first ever FameLab competition and guitar physicist blows your ears with rock guitar and blows your mind by Superstring Theory.
Programming cells Sara-Jane Dunn, Microsoft Research
Sara-Jane will describe how mathematics is helping us to make sense of biology, not just through developing techniques to handle the massive amounts of data that emerge from sophisticated experiments, but also by constructing the kinds of abstractions and formalisms that allow us to think about what cells actually do.
About Sara-Jane Dunn
Sara-Jane is a mathematician and scientist based within the Biological Computation group at Microsoft Research Cambridge. Sara-Jane ultimately aims to make cells programmable which could fundamentally transform medicine, agriculture and even the ways we generate energy.
A Mind for Maths Bobby Seagull, Secondary Maths teacher and PhD candidate
As a secondary school maths teacher, Bobby helps students of all attainment levels tackle the challenges of his subject every single day. Whether you are top of the class, or struggling to keep up with your peers, Bobby explains how to develop your mind for numbers so you can fulfil your mathematical potential. In this informative and interactive session dotted with fascinating mathematical anecdotes there will be the chance to answer questions in a (not-quite-university) challenge
About Bobby Seagull
Bobby was an investment banking trader, chartered accountant, social entrepreneur and a semi-finalist captain on University Challenge. He now teaches Maths at secondary school and is studying for his Doctorate in Education (specialising in Maths) at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge.