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. Give your KS5 maths students 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, 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.
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 the effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences is something bordering on the mysterious and that there is no rational explanation for it?
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.
Getting Things Done Kevin Buzzard, Imperial College London
For some tasks, it’s very good to have a system or an algorithm. The most important unsolved problem in theoretical computer science (the “P=NP problem”) is a quite simple question about how fast you can get certain systems to work. Kevin will explain it in this talk!
About Kevin Buzzard
Kevin Buzzard is a professor of mathematics at Imperial College London. He specialises in algebraic number theory. He was notably advisor to the musician Dan Snaith, who records as Caribou. His favourite number is 65537.
Bad stats in the news Matthew Scroggs, University of Cambridge
Can we believe everything we read in the papers? Matt will explore the way statistics is used and misused in the media.
About Matthew Scroggs
When not working Matthew writes puzzles and articles for Chalkdust Magazine, including the infamous crossnumber, and reads Martin Gardner books.
Drinking from the fire hose – data science Miranda Mowbray, University of Bristol
One particularly promising application area for data science is computer network security. Miranda will talk about some general issues with analysing big data to discover security problems in large computer networks, and some techniques that have been successful.
About Miranda Mowbray
Miranda formerly worked as a research scientist for HP, finding new ways of analyzing data to detect attacks on computer networks. Her PhD is in Algebra, from London University.