A group of Maths and Further Maths A level students attended a Maths Inspiration lecture at West Road Concert Hall in December. Maths Inspiration lectures are designed to open students’ eyes to the possibilities of further study and careers using maths. Speakers include not only mathematicians but also engineers and physicists.
The December programme featured Sir David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge. David talked about probability, including the likelihood of winning the lottery. Steve Mould, a comedian and science communicator has a Masters Degree in Physics from Oxford and was a co-founder of the Festival of the Spoken Nerd. His lecture was entitled ‘Weird and Wonderful Maths’, which included the problems of measuring coastlines. Colin Wright graduated in Pure Mathematics at Monash University, Melbourne, before going on to take a PhD at Cambridge. He specialises in software for marine radar but is also a top-class juggler. His talk, ‘Patterns, Predictions and Juggling’ was about sequences and spotting patterns. The event was hosted by Timandra Harkness, who performs science comedy, presents programmes on BBC Radio 4 and has written a book called ‘Big Data: Does Science Matter?’
Maths teacher Adriana Gonzalez says: “This was an exciting and inspiring set of lectures. They were funny, engaging and informative, and our students did some weird and wonderful Maths!”