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 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.
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.
Game Theory Karen Page, University College London
Game Theory is a mathematical description of strategic interactions between individuals. How should you behave to win as much as possible when your opponent wants to do the same? It has been applied to understanding many different areas of behaviour. These areas range from war to mate selection. We will discuss some example games and their real-world relevance. We will also introduce Evolutionary Game Theory.
About Karen Page
Karen Page is a professor of Mathematical Biology at UCL. She works with experimental biologists to try to understand embryonic development and the dynamics of evolution.
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. I’ll explain it in this talk!
About Kevin Buzzard
Kevin Buzzard is a professor of 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.
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 fulfill 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.