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.
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.
Practical session Ed Southall, University of Huddersfield
Ed will run a new session jam-packed with puzzles, demonstrations and mathematical conundrums. You will need a pen and paper for Ed’s presentation.
About Ed Southall
Ed has taught in Education for 12 years in a variety of roles. He has written several books on geometry puzzles as well as teaching and understanding maths.
How To Make The World Add Up Tim Harford OBE, Economist, journalist and author
Join Tim to discover the way statistics can be used to mislead us but also to illuminate the world.
About Tim Harford OBE
Tim Harford is the author of “The Undercover Economist”, a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of Radio 4’s “More or Less”.
The hidden maths of technology Zoe Griffiths, Maths communicator
Zoe will show students the mathematics behind modern technology and emphasise the importance of learning maths for a career in technology.
About Zoe Griffiths
Zoe travels the UK and internationally giving mathematics talks and workshops in schools, at science festivals, teacher conferences and at comedy nights.