Date & time

Wed, 14 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

Programme & speakers

Bad stats: what they don't tell you on the news Michael Blastland, author and broadcaster

Join Michael to discover how statistics gives you some of the best bad-news, bad-science and bad-politics spotting skills around!

Michael Blastland

About Michael Blastland

Michael Blastland created the Radio 4 programme More or Less, wrote several books, presents The Human Zoo on Radio 4, and talks to people about numbers.

The hidden maths in pop music Kyle Evans, Maths communicator

Which Beatles song is very hard to march to?  Is it realistic to love someone more and more each day?  And what would pop music sound like in Flatland?  All these questions and a finite number of others will be answered by Kyle Evans, folk mathemusician

Kyle Evans

About Kyle Evans

Kyle D Evans is an award-winning maths communicator and author who has taken inclusive, entertaining shows about mathematics to all corners of the UK, from the Royal Institution to the Edinburgh Fringe. His published books include ‘Maths Tricks to Blow Your Mind’ and ‘A Year in Numbers’.

The Creation of Number Ben Sparks, Mathematician, musician, teacher

Where do numbers come from? Is maths created or discovered? Join Ben for a whistle-stop tour of the exciting bits in the development of number, from integers, rationals, irrationals, all the way to complex numbers – with proofs and fractals thrown in!

Ben Sparks

About Ben Sparks

Ben is a mathematician, musician and teacher, based at the University of Bath. He regularly gives talks and workshops to schools.  Ben still gets surprisingly excited about imaginary numbers.

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

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.

Con-sequence Sara Santos, Maths Communicator

Robotic vision, DNA sequencing, Digital Paper… what do they all have in common? The maths, engineering and computer science of a special number sequence… Any connections with magic tricks are purely illusional… oh wait!

Sara Santos

About Dr Sara Santos

Sara loves maths, and believes anyone can appreciate the power and beauty of mathematics. She is part of Raising Public Awareness committee of the European Mathematical Society.