About this day
Do your students wonder what mathematicians do?
This inspirational day of mathematics will take them to the cutting edge in fields from statistics, engineering and cyber security to pure 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 hints and tips for examination success
Programme & speakers
Big Data Timandra Harkness, Journalist and Author
Big Data knows where you’ve been and who your friends are. It knows what you like and what makes you angry. It can predict what you’ll buy, where you’ll be the victim of crime and when you’ll have a heart attack. Big Data knows you better than you know yourself, or so it claims. But how well do you know big data?
About Timandra Harkness
Timandra presents BBC Radio 4 series, FutureProofing and she’s resident reporter on Radio 4’s social psychology series The Human Zoo. Timandra is the author of Big Data: Does Size Matter?
Enigma and the secret world of code breaking James Grime, Mathematician and communicator
Dr James Grime looks at the fascinating history and mathematics of codes and code breaking – from ancient Greece to the present day – including a demonstration of an original WWII Enigma Machine!
About James Grime
Dr. James Grime is a speaker, maths populariser and YouTube sensation. He has toured the world with his code-breaking talk.
Towards a Silent Aircraft Ann Dowling, University of Cambridge
Join Professor Dowling to discover the ways in which noise is being reduced in the development of next-generation aircraft. Ann will describe her career which has involved an incredible fusion of research and practical engineering.
About Ann Dowling
Ann Dowling is President of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Her research is on low noise aircraft. She was appointed to the Order of Merit in December 2015.
Steve Mould: mathematical obsession Steve Mould, Science Communicator
Steve can be a bit obsessive at times. Especially with numbers. Join him on his descent into madness as he recounts his adventures. Adventures that start with a simple mathematical curiosity and end up on prime time TV.
About Steve Mould
Steve is a science presenter for the BBC on Britain’s Brightest, Blue Peter and The One Show. Steve is one third of the scinece and comedy team Festival of The Spoken Nerd !
The fractal world Julian Gilbey, University of Cambridge
Julian will explore a strange new world, where infinitely-detailed, 1.26-dimensional shapes abound. We’ll also see connections to art, computer graphics, nature and even music.
About Julian Gilbey
Julian Gilbey is a Resource Designer for Underground Mathematics. He previously taught in secondary schools for ten years, and is now involved in creating resources for use in A-level classrooms. He is also a Director of Studies for Mathematics at Jesus College, Cambridge.