Date & time

Fri, 2 Dec 2016
11:00 - 16:00


UCL Institute of Education, London
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL

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About this day

Do your students wonder what mathematicians do?

This inspirational day of mathematics will take them to the cutting edge in fields from statistics, engineering and cyber security to pure mathematics. Five renowned speakers from universities, industries and the media reveal mathematics at its very best and your students will have a whole lot of fun along the way! This day also features a special session with hints and tips for examination success.

Programme & speakers

The Hidden Connections Hannah Fry, UCL

We all like to think of ourselves as strong, independent and single-minded individuals. But despite our illusion of free will, most of the time we find ourselves swept along by the actions of those around us, acting together in a gigantic human herd. The hidden connections that form between us cause everything from the movement of crowds to fashions and memes, and can be used to understand the mathematics of friendships and even catch the odd criminal or two. I want to take you on a whistle stop tour of how the patterns in how we are connected make us surprisingly predictable – as long as you know a little bit of mathematics, that is.

Hannah Fry

About Dr Hannah Fry

Hannah Fry researches complex systems. She regularly appears on TV and radio in the UK, most recently on BBC2’s City in the Sky.

The Prisoners' Dilemma - when mathematics goes wrong Tony Mann, University of Greenwich

The Prisoners’ Dilemma (PD) is a paradoxical example in game theory (a relatively young branch of mathematics) in which applying mathematical logic appears to lead to the worst possible outcome for everyone involved! 

Tony Mann

About Professor Tony Mann

Tony was the visiting Professor of Computing Mathematics at Gresham College from 2012 to 2015. His interests range from the history of mathematics to the intricacies of game theory.

From Euclid to Electric Guitars 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? To find out, we take an off-beat look at some of the major ideas in mathematics, from Ancient Greece to the present day, with demonstrations and live experiments.

David Acheson

About Professor 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).

The Maths you need to know to become a Data Scientist: the sexiest job of the 21st century! Ben Dias, Lead Data Scientist at Tesco

Ben will ask you, the audience, to solve an actual example of one of Google’s scary-looking Mathematically-complex algorithms that he once used to build a live online shopping recommender system. He says that the audience just needs to know how to solve a set of simultaneous equations. Can that be true?

Ben Dias

About Dr Ben Dias

Data Scientist at Tesco and one of 5 mathematicians voted to be in the top 100 UK scientists in 2014.

Enigma and the secret world of code breaking James Grime, Mathematician and communicator


For as long as we have had secrets we have had secret messages. Dr James Grime looks at the fascinating history and mathematics of codes and code breaking – from ancient Greece to the present day – including a demonstration of an original WWII Enigma Machine!

James Grime

About Dr James Grime

Dr James Grime is a mathematician and public speaker. James runs The Enigma Project, travelling the world giving public talks on the history and mathematics of code breaking. He is also a presenter on the Numberphile YouTube channel.