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 and engineering 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
Tor, statistics and the dark net Cerys Bradley, UCL
The dark net is a part of the internet designed to let users hide their identity. Cerys will shine a light on this private world of political activism, cybercrime and more using the immense power of statistics.
About Cerys Bradley
Cerys uses maths to investigate the impact of law enforcement interventions on Dark Net Market users. She is interested in Privacy Enhancing Technologies and Cybercrime.
Patterns and predictions Colin Wright, Mathematician and juggler
Maths is about patterns – finding them, proving that they’re real, and then using them to make predictions. Colin will investigate some patterns – some real, some not real(!) – and see an application in an unexpected place.
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.
Maths and engineering: joining the dots Delphine Ryan, Aerolegis
Delphine will demonstrate how maths and engineering are very much joined at the hips from the simplest of actions to the most complex human inventions.
About Delphine Ryan
Delphine began her engineering life as a student on live aircraft maintenance at Manchester airport. Upon graduating university, she secured an engineering job in the Ministry of Defence.
A Mind for Maths Bobby Seagull, Secondary Maths Teacher, Author & TV Presenter
Bobby rose to national prominence as a captain of the Emmanuel Cambridge team on the BBC University Challenge quiz. Here he selects his dream team of four mathematicians from history and explains why each person deserves to be on his team “A Mind for Maths”.
About Bobby Seagull
Bobby was an investment banking trader, chartered accountant, social entrepreneur and a semi-finalist captain on University Challenge. He is now a maths teacher, author of ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Numbers’ and appears on TV as the co-host of the BBC’s Monkman & Seagull Genius Guides and as a quiz expert on the C4 series ‘The Answer Trap’.