About this day
With wickedly good speakers with a passion for what is without doubt the best subject (maths), save the date for this exceptional study day. Give your KS5 maths 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, 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.
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 the 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.
Getting Things Done Kevin Buzzard, Imperial College London
For some tasks, it’s good to have a system — a routine, a method or an algorithm for getting the job done. For example, if you want to make a cake, you might follow a recipe. Well, it turns out that the most important unsolved problem in theoretical computer science (the “P=NP problem”) is a simple question about how fast you can get certain systems to work. Kevin will explain it in this talk!
About Kevin Buzzard
Kevin Buzzard is a professor of Pure Mathematics at Imperial College London. He specialises in algebraic number theory. He was notably advisor to the musician Dan Snaith, who records as Caribou. His favourite number is 65537.
Drinking from the fire hose – data science Miranda Mowbray, Research Scientist
The data scientists who find useful patterns in large data sets have been described as the new rock stars of the technology world. One particularly promising application area for data science is computer network security. I will talk about some general issues with analysing big data to discover security problems in large computer networks, and some techniques that have been successful.
About Miranda Mowbray
Miranda Mowbray formerly worked as a research scientist for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, finding new ways of analyzing data to detect attacks on computer networks. Her PhD is in Algebra, from London University. She is a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Science v Sport Tom Crawford, Mathematician and presenter
How do you take the perfect penalty kick? Where is the best place in the world to attempt a world record? What is the limit of human endurance? Maths has all of the answers and I’ll be telling you how you can use it to be better at sport… (results may vary).
About Tom Crawford
Tom Crawford (aka the Naked Mathematician) is on a mission to make maths fun. He may have degrees from Oxford and Cambridge, but they pale into insignificance when you see the first 100 digits of ‘e’ tattooed on his arm… This is maths, but not as you know it.