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 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.
Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers Vicky Neale, University of Oxford
Prime numbers have intrigued, inspired and infuriated mathematicians for millennia. Vicky will describe recent progress towards proving the famous Twin Primes Conjecture and the very different ways in which these breakthroughs have been made that reveal how mathematicians work.
About Vicky Neale
Vicky is Whitehead Lecturer in the Mathematical Institute at Oxford University. Vicky spends her time doing maths, teaching maths and talking maths to anyone who will listen.
Maths in pop music Kyle Evans, Maths communicator
About Kyle Evans
Kyle is an award-winning musical comedian and maths communicator- combining comedy, song and extreme pedantry to lethal effect (not literally).
Patterns and predictions Colin Wright, Mathematician and juggler
Maths is about patterns – finding them, proving that they’re real, and then using them to make predictions. Colin will investigate some patterns – some real, some not real(!) – and see an application in an unexpected place.
About Colin Wright
Colin received his maths doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance.