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
Programme & speakers
Bad stats: what they don't tell you on the news Michael Blastland, author and broadcaster
Join Michael to discover how statistics 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.
The Creation of Number Ben Sparks, Mathematician, musician, teacher
Where do numbers come from? Is maths created or discovered? Join Ben for a whistle-stop tour of the exciting bits in the development of number, from integers, rationals, irrationals, all the way to complex numbers – with proofs and fractals thrown in!
About Ben Sparks
Ben is a mathematician, musician and teacher, based at the University of Bath. He regularly gives talks and workshops to schools. Ben still gets surprisingly excited about imaginary numbers.
Engima 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.
Con-sequence Sara Santos, Maths Communicator
Robotic vision, DNA sequencing, Digital Paper… what do they all have in common? The maths, engineering and computer science of a special number sequence… Any connections with magic tricks are purely illusional… oh wait!
About Sara Santos
Sara loves maths, and believes anyone can appreciate the power and beauty of mathematics. She is part of Raising Public Awareness committee of the European Mathematical Society.