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.
Drinking from the fire hose – data science Miranda Mowbray, University of Bristol
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 formerly worked as a research scientist for HP, finding new ways of analyzing data to detect attacks on computer networks. Her PhD is in Algebra, from London University.
Fighting disease with mathematics Sara Jabbari, University of Birmingham
How can mathematics be used to understand antibiotic resistance, track the dynamics of bacterial infections or even develop new drugs to tackle disease? Sara explores a range of examples illustrating how the field of population dynamics can be used to understand disease, improve existing treatments and create entirely new ones.
About Sara Jabbari
Sara is a mathematician specialising in the modelling of networks of genes that respond to the inter-, intra- and extra-cellular signals that dictate cell behaviour.