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!
Programme & speakers
Bits and Pieces: Secrets of a Digital World James Grime, Mathematician and communicator
How does a film studio know if you are sharing movies illegally? How are messages transmitted from space without mistakes? How can a scratched CD keep playing? James Grime take a look at the hidden maths behind the digital world, from WWII to WiFi.
About James Grime
Dr James Grime is a mathematician and public speaker. James runs The Enigma Project, travelling the world giving public talks on the history and mathematics of code breaking. He is also a presenter on the Numberphile YouTube channel.
A special session of practical maths Colin Wright, Mathematician and juggler
Several games played by children of all ages turn out to have connections between them, and investigating those connections has turned up some surprising results. In the interactive workshop we play some of the games, see the connections, and discover some unsolved problems.
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.
The Monty Hall Problem Calvin Smith, University of Reading
Suppose you’re on a game show, and you’re given the choice of three doors: Behind one door is a Ferrari; behind the others, goats. You pick a door and the host opens another door which has a goat. Should you switch? Find out with Calvin!
About Calvin Smith
Calvin is particularly interested in bridging the gap between further and higher education, and how technology can be used to enhance the student’s learning experience in mathematics.
Natural Genius Steve Mould, Maths and science communicator
Wherever you look, in the garden, in the hills or up in the sky, the force of mathematics is everywhere, some of it almost unnatural. Steve looks at these mysterious patterns that crop up in the natural world.
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 numbers of structures Roma Agrawal, Structural Engineer
Ever wondered how the bridges, buildings and tunnels which surround us in the city were designed and built? This talk will show you how people, cars, wind, water and materials are turned into numbers to make sure our structures don’t collapse.
About Roma Agrawal
Roma, an award winning broadcaster and structural engineer is described as “the new voice of women talking about science and engineering and making it cool” by The Telegraph.