4th Year Mathematical Circle Event
The UKMT invited fifty able young mathematicians from schools across Hampshire to attend an enrichment event held at St Swithun’s School over two days, Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October. William Rose, William Atherton and Adam Brodzki attended this event giving them the opportunity to investigate many new mathematical topics. The pupils learned about how to make personalised polynomials using Lagrange interpolation, looked at different types of infinities and investigated the mathematics of the Battle of Trafalgar.
Think Maths was set up by Matt Parker who is the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University, and also performs as the Stand-up Mathematician. It is run by a group of mathematics speakers who visit schools to perform maths talks and workshops for all ages and abilities. The team have been working together for several years, and consists of PhD students, former teachers and experienced maths communicators. They come from a variety of mathematical backgrounds, including fluid dynamics, topology, physics and number theory. Their sessions are interactive, funny and cover mathematical content which will grab the attention of students and inspire them to get excited about maths.
Dr Katie Steckles from the team visited KES on Tuesday 15th November to give some workshop session for the top two sets in the 5th Year and all L6 Maths students.
Her area of study is topology and dynamical systems, but she greatly enjoys talking about all areas of maths. She has taught Mathematics Masterclasses for the Royal Institution, and regularly performs at science fairs and festivals up and down the country.
Katie talked to our students about some of Maths greatest unsolved puzzles such as the seven Millenium Prize problems set by the Clay Mathematics Institute, one of which, the Poincare Conjecture, has now been solved. Katie also gave the pupils a range of puzzles to solve themselves requiring them to explain their ideas and think about what makes a convincing proof.
Maths in Action Study Day
Twelve lower sixth students travelled to Warwick University on 23rd November to spend the day listening to a series of mathematics lectures led by some outstanding speakers from a variety of backgrounds. The aim of the day was to bring mathematics and its applications to life and provide students with a broader understanding of the impact of mathematics on society. The program was as follows:
Michael Blastland (author and broadcaster) - Bad stats: what they don't tell you on the news.
This talk aimed to show students how statistics can be used to mislead in many arenas including news, science and politics.
James Grimes (mathematician and communicator) - Enigma and the secret world of code breaking.
A look 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.
Vicky Neale (University of Oxford) - Things you need to know about prime numbers.
Prime numbers are fundamentally important in mathematics. This talk looked at why and at some of the unsolved problems involving prime numbers that mathematicians are working on today.
Alex Bellos (author and broadcaster) - Can you solve my problems?
A look at many interesting problems and puzzles that can be solved using mathematics and logic.
Kyle Evans (lecturer and maths musician) - The hidden maths in pop music.
A fun look at questions such as 'What would pop music sound like in Flatland?' and 'Is it realistic to love someone more each day?'