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
Guy Martin's wall of death and other spinning things Hugh Hunt, University of Cambridge
In a presentation full of exiting demonstrations Hugh will answer some fundamental questions including, why does a spinning top stand up? And how do cats always manage to land upright?
About Hugh Hunt
Dr Hugh Hunt is a Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration at Cambridge University. He is a regular presenter on Channel 4 and has an impressive collection of boomerangs.
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.
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.
Steve Mould: Mathematical Obsession Steve Mould, Maths and 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 Mould is a maths & science presenter and comedian who appears as the science expert on TV and radio. He has a YouTube channel with more than 100,000 subscribers.
The Creation of Number Ben Sparks, Mathematician, musician, teacher
Where do numbers come from? Is maths created or discovered? Join Ben for 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!
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.
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?
Some of the ideas underlying Big Data are based on the kind of mathematics anybody can grasp: different measures that are correlated in predictable patterns; the relationship between the average of a population and what that tells you about an individual; how we study networks and connections to learn something new about the big picture.
Find out if big data really is just “statistics on a more expensive computer”.
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?