About this day
Give your KS5 students the opportunity to meet our crack team of mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, architects, code-breakers, data scientists and more for the ultimate educational experience. Maths in Action features five lively and enriching sessions exploring a variety of topics carefully designed to extend students’ knowledge. A session on examination success will equip students with the tools to succeed, and each student will receive our handy revision guide.
Programme & speakers
Fermat's last theorem Simon Singh, Writer and broadcaster
Simon Singh, author of a book and director of a BBC documentary about Fermat’s Last Theorem discusses the origin of the problem, describes the heroes and villains who tried and failed to prove Fermat’s Last theorem and tells the story of Professor Andrew Wiles, who conquered Fermat’s challenge after working in secret for seven years.
About Simon Singh
Simon is an author and broadcaster. His books include Fermat’s Last Theorem, The Code Book, The Big Bang, Trick or Treatment and most recently The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.
From Euclid to the electric guitar David Acheson, Oxford University
Who really discovered Pythagoras’s theorem? Why is infinity so dangerous? And what has all this got to do with the electric guitar? David takes an off-beat look at some of the major ideas in mathematics with demonstrations and live experiments.
About David Acheson
David Acheson is an Oxford mathematician, and author of two best-sellers: 1089 and All That (2010), and, more recently, The Calculus Story (2017).
Maths in a Spacesuit Jackie Bell, Imperial College London
How can you best utilise your mathematical skills to solve real-world (and in some cases out-of-this-world) problems? Dr Jackie Bell, mathematician, particle physicist and trainee astronaut will give us an insight into her career journey so far and the mathematics needed to get in to space!
About Jackie Bell
Jackie is a Senior Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London. The first person in her family to go to university, she graduated from the University of Liverpool with a PhD in theoretical particle physics in 2016, MSc in Mathematical Sciences (2011) and BSc with Honours in Mathematics (2010). In 2017 Jackie took part in the BBC Science production ‘Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?’. For this she was selected from over 3,000 applicants to take part and to undertake tests similar to those used in the astronaut selection process at major space agencies.
Fighting disease with mathematics Sara Jabbari, University of Birmingham
Discover how differential equations are used to understand antibiotic resistance, track the dynamics of bacterial infections and even develop new drugs to tackle disease.
About Sara Jabbari
Sara is a mathematician specialising in the modelling of networks of genes that respond to the inter-, intra- and extra-cellular signals that dictate cell behaviour.
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.