Date & time

Wed, 16 Nov 2016
10:30 - 15:00


University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Rd
Coventry, CV4 7AL

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About this day

Do your students wonder what mathematicians do?

At our interactive and inspirational day they will discover how classroom maths is used by people every day in fields from statistics, engineering and cyber security to research 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 also features a special session with hints and tips for examination success.

Programme & speakers

Maths’ greatest unsolved puzzles Katie Steckles, Mathematician and Communicator

Every mathematical question is a puzzle and there’ll be plenty of puzzles for you to chew over while Katie introduces questions that still leave mathematicians stumped, from simple-sounding number and shape problems, to mind-bending fundamental questions.

Katie Steckles

About Katie Steckles

Katie is a mathematician based in Manchester, who talks about mathematics at universities, schools events, festivals, on BBC radio and TV, in books and on the internet.

Juggling: Theory and Practice Colin Wright, Mathematician and juggler

Colin will demonstrate a selection of patterns and skills of juggling while at the same time developing a simple method of describing and annotating a class of juggling patterns.  By using elementary mathematics these patterns can be classified, leading to a simple way to describe those patterns that are known already, and a technique for discovering new ones.

Colin Wright

About Colin Wright

Colin received his maths doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance.

Magical Maths Matt Pritchard, Scientist and Magician

Predicting the future, reading minds, sending secret messages and making objects vanish are easy when you’re a maths magician. Each trick uses a surprising amount of maths. With shapes, symmetry, patterns and numbers forming the basis of the maths behind the magic.

Matt Pritchard

About Matt Pritchard

Dr Matt Pritchard is a magician and a member of the Magic Circle. He is a lapsed atomic physicist with a love of recreational maths. He is also a member of the Science of Magic Association, which aims to foster research collaborations between magicians and psychologists.

The Creation of Number Ben Sparks, Mathematician, musician, teacher

Where do numbers come from? Is maths created or discovered? A whistle-stop tour of some of the exciting bits in the development of number, from integers, rationals, irrationals, all the way to complex numbers – with proofs and fractals thrown in.

Ben Sparks

About Ben Sparks

Ben is a mathematician, musician and teacher, based at the University of Bath. He regularly gives talks and workshops to schools.  Ben still gets surprisingly excited about imaginary numbers.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Newspapers Emily Grossman, Broadcaster

Can we believe everything we read in the papers? The media constantly misuse, misinterpret and abuse statistics. Sometimes mistakes arise because of genuine errors made by experts. Sometimes data from scientists is misinterpreted or misunderstood. And sometimes the media knowingly spin or distort statistics to make a good story. Who knew?! In this interactive and amusing talk, Dr Emily Grossman takes a light-hearted look at these issues, illustrated with examples from her own experience as a TV science broadcaster.

Emily Grossman

About Emily Grossman

Emily is a bestselling science author, internationally acclaimed public speaker and TV personality.  She is best known for explaining science stuff on her fun YouTube videos and on TV shows such as Sky1’s Duck Quacks Don’t Echo (hosted by Lee Mack).