About this day
Our exceptional days of GCSE Maths in Action feature five interactive and informative sessions that will inspire KS4 students.
We will explore fascinating and occasionally unexpected applications which demonstrate that continuing to study maths is important. Each day is supplemented by an examination session which includes hints and tips on how to improve your grades.
Programme & speakers
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.
Maths v Sport Tom Crawford, University of Oxford
Where is the best place in the world to attempt a world record? What is the limit of human endurance? Maths has all of the answers and I’ll be telling you how you can use it to be better at sport… (results may vary).
About Tom Crawford
Tom Crawford (aka the Naked Mathematician) is on a mission to make maths fun. His many degrees pale into insignificance when you see the first 100 digits of ‘e’ tattooed on his arm!
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.