Subject

24

Date & time

Thu, 24 Nov 2022
10:45 - 15:45

Venue

Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW
or Online

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About this day

For A-level and IB students

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.

Programme & speakers

Magical Maths Ben Sparks, Mathematician, musician, teacher

Magic and maths have gone together for hundreds of years. The reasoning behind many magic effects is inherently mathematical and logical, and mathematical tools can reveal the secrets if you’re brave enough to use them.

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.

Nim, Officers, and Other Games Colin Wright, Mathematician and Juggler

People are familiar with all sorts of games, but as we start to look at them with an analytical eye we sometimes find connections and similarities.  In this workshop we play a few games, look for connections, and finish with a result that’s genuinely almost too good to be true.

Colin Wright

About Dr Colin Wright

Colin received his maths doctorate in 1990 from Cambridge University. While at Cambridge he also learned how to fire-breathe, unicycle, juggle and ballroom dance.

Fighting Disease with Mathematics Sara Jabbari, University of Birmingham

Sara will describe the way mathematics can be used to understand antibiotic resistance, track the dynamics of bacterial infections and even develop new drugs to tackle disease.

Sara Jabbari

About Dr 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.

Over-analysing Video Games Matthew Scroggs, University College London

Matt will apply some mathematical thinking to Pac-Man and other video games. We will work out the shortest possible route to complete a Pac-Man level, and discover the 2-, 3- and 4-dimensional shapes that video game characters live on.

Matthew Scroggs

About Matthew Scroggs

When not working Matthew writes puzzles and articles for Chalkdust Magazine, including the infamous crossnumber, and reads Martin Gardner books.

How to get rich quick Sophie Maclean, Mathematician and Communicator

Being able to determine the future is a great way to get money. From fairground games to the stock market, knowing what will happen is a great advantage. But even if we don’t know for certain, statistics and probability can help us make valuable predictions. In this session, Sophie gives an introduction to the world of finance and shares some of the Maths she used working as a trader.

Sophie Maclean

About Sophie Maclean

Sophie is a Maths Communicator and a member of the team behind Chalkdust Magazine. She has previously worked as a Quantitative Trader, a Software Engineer, and a Maths tutor.