We took a total of 41 students, plus 3 staff, by coach to Cambridge for the afternoon ‘lecture’. There were 3 speakers
- Alex Bellos. He focused mainly on favourite numbers, why people have them and whether there is anything we can learn by analysing them. He has captured favourite numbers via an on-line survey and spent some time looking at the results.
- David Acheson. He looked at infinite series and wave and interference patterns using Pizza boxes and member of the audience to create waves with a skipping rope, along with video clips of experiments in his sink at home. He finished by looking at waves in guitar strings.
- Ben Sparks. He looked primarily at chance and probability, and challenged our perceptions of what seems sensible against the maths behind it. This included winning a bet at odds of 50:1 that two people in the front 3 rows would share a birthday (day and month)
This is the second year that we have taken a large group the event, and it was enjoyed by all students. The speakers were engaging and often comical whilst looking at a serious side to an area of Maths.