Date & time

Wed, 15 Nov 2017
10:00 - 15:00


University of Warwick
Gibbet Hill Rd
Coventry, CV4 7AL

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About this day

With wickedly good speakers with a passion for what is without doubt the best subject (maths), save the date for this exceptional study day for your KS5 students. Give your pupils the opportunity to meet our crack team of mathematicians, engineers, statisticians, architects, code-breakers, data scientists and more for the ultimate educational experience.

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. This is the greatest story in the history of mathematics.

Simon Singh

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.

Are we made of maths? Mark Lewney, Mathematician and physicist

Does maths really exist, or is it just something people do? Was physicist Eugene Wigner right when he said that the unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences is something bordering on the mysterious and that there is no rational explanation for it?

Mark Lewney

About Mark Lewney

Dr Mark Lewney, the Rock Doctor, winner of the first ever FameLab competition and guitar physicist blows your ears with rock guitar and blows your mind with Superstring Theory.

Fighting disease with mathematics Sara Jabbari, University of Birmingham

How can mathematics be used to understand antibiotic resistance, track the dynamics of bacterial infections or even develop new drugs to tackle disease?  Sara explores a range of examples illustrating how the field of population dynamics can be used to understand disease, improve existing treatments and create entirely new ones.

Sara Jabbari

About Sara Jabbari

Sara is a mathematician specialising in using mathematical modelling to understand how bacteria behave. She works with microbiologists to use these models in developing new treatments for bacterial infections.

The Mathematics of Voting Chris Good, University of Birmingham

Kenneth Arrow was awarded the 1972 Nobel Prize for Economics for his pioneering work on welfare theory. At the heart of his contribution is his ‘Impossibility Theorem,’ which says that there is no fair voting system. We will look at some familiar voting systems and some of the very strange results they can throw up! The talk will engender surprise, contention and disbelief.

Chris Good

About Chris Good

Professor Chris Good is the author of some 40 research articles in general topology, set-theoretic topology, and toplogical dynamics.  Chris was awarded the first Excellence in Teaching Award.

Maths v Sport Tom Crawford, University of Oxford

Where is the best place in the world to attempt a world record? What is the limit of human endurance? Maths has all of the answers and I’ll be telling you how you can use it to be better at sport… (results may vary).

Tom Crawford

About Tom Crawford

Tom Crawford (aka Tom Rocks Maths) is on a mission to make maths a little more rock and roll. His many degrees pale into insignificance when you see the first 120 digits of ‘e’ tattooed on his arm!