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.
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? Roma will show you how people, cars, nature 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.
Guy Martin's wall of death and other spinning things Hugh Hunt, University of Cambridge
In a presentation full of exciting 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 documentaries, including “Dambusters: Building the Bouncing Bomb” and “Guy Martin Wall of Death”. He has an impressive collection of boomerangs which he uses to inspire students in the study of dynamics and mechanics.
Practical Session Alex Bellos, Author and broadcaster
In a session jam-packed with demonstrations and puzzles Alex will show how life reflects numbers and numbers reflect life. He will show how very simple rules can generate very complex behaviour. You will need a pen and paper for Alex’s presentation.
About Alex Bellos
Alex writes the infamous Monday maths puzzle for The Guardian. He is also the author of the popular maths bestsellers Alex’s Adventures in Numberland and Alex Through the Looking-Glass.
Pick a card, any card... Stephen Connor, University of York
How many times should you shuffle a deck of cards to randomise their order? Stephen will explain why mathematicians care about this sort of question, and will find an answer by considering a very different looking problem involving birthdays.
About Stephen Connor
Stephen is interested in probability, especially understanding things which “move around at random”. In Stephen’s spare time he can be found playing with his children or attempting to knit.