About this day
Do your students wonder what mathematicians do?
This inspirational day of mathematics will take them to the cutting edge in fields from statistics, engineering and cyber security to pure 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! This day also features a special session with hints and tips for examination success.
Programme & speakers
Alex's Adventures in Numberland Alex Bellos, Author and broadcaster
Alex will show how life reflects numbers and numbers reflect life. He will discuss psychological responses to mathematics and show how very simple rules can generate very complex behaviour.
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.
Bad stats: what they don't tell you on the news Michael Blastland, author and broadcaster
Join Michael to discover why stats gives you some of the best bad-news, bad-science and bad-politics spotting skills around.
About Michael Blastland
Michael Blastland created the Radio 4 programme More or Less, wrote several books, presents The Human Zoo on Radio 4, and talks to people about numbers.
The hidden maths in pop music Kyle Evans, Maths communicator
Which Beatles song is very hard to march to? Is it realistic to love someone more and more each day? And what would pop music sound like in Flatland? All these questions and a finite number of others will be answered by Kyle Evans, folk mathemusician
About Kyle Evans
Kyle is an award-winning maths communicator and entertainer who has performed in all corners of the UK, from the Edinburgh Fringe to London’s Science Museum and everywhere between.
7 things you need to know about prime numbers Vicky Neale, Lecturer and author, Oxford University
Prime numbers are fundamentally important in mathematics. Join Vicky to discover some of the beautiful properties of prime numbers, and learn about some of the unsolved problems that mathematicians are working on today.
About Vicky Neale
Vicky is Whitehead Lecturer in the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University and the author of ‘Why Study Mathematics?’. Vicky spends her time doing maths, teaching maths and talking maths to anyone who will listen.
Enigma and the secret world of code breaking James Grime, Mathematician and communicator
Dr James Grime looks at the fascinating history and mathematics of codes and code breaking – from ancient Greece to the present day – including a demonstration of an original WWII Enigma Machine!
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.