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
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.
When the Uncertainty Principle Goes to 11 (…or The Mathematics of Heavy Metal) Philip Moriarty, University of Nottingham
Join Phillip to discover how sine waves underpin every chugging guitar riff, what trigonometry has to do with Iron Maiden, and why metalheads in mosh pits are such a great example of statistics in action.
About Philip Moriarty
Philip Moriarty is a professor of physics, a heavy metal fan, and a keen air-drummer. His research focuses on prodding, pushing, and poking single atoms and molecules.
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.
A mind for maths Bobby Seagull, Secondary Maths teacher and Doctorate candidate
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 an author, TV presenter and now teaches Maths.
The maths of chocolate fountains Adam Townsend, Imperial College London
We find out how to make predictions for chocolatey flows, and then work out (a) whether we can use other types of chocolate, (b) whether we could make a pioneering ketchup fountain and (c) why chocolate fountains fall inwards.
About Adam Townsend
Adam investigates complex, weirdly-behaving fluids and how objects and organisms move through them. He also give popular maths lectures for all ages across the UK.