Maths & Puzzles
I am nearly involved with the world of calculi. Find out further by clicking the tabs on the leftism, but in summary. Moreover, I’m Director of Maths & puzzle Inspiration, a public programme of theatre-grounded lecture shows for teenagers.
I’ve written (orco-written) seven calculi books aimed at the general public, of which two have been bestsellers dealing over clones worldwide (Why do Motorcars Come in Threes? and Maths for Mums and Daddies).
I give multitudinous addresses every time, for just about every followership primary academy children, teenagers, undergraduates, families, preceptors, periodical killers (no, just checking you are still reading this).
Moreover, I am close to several of the UK’s leading calculi bodies. As well as I was President of the Mathematical Association from 2007-8, and I have worked a lot with the Royal Institution, the UK Maths Trust and multitudinous other fine organisations.
My original calculi interest was in fine mystifications, As a pupil, I was a yearly mystification setter for New Scientist, and in 2019 life came full circle as I returned as mystification counsel to the magazine.
Maths & puzzle Inspiration
I’m the author and Director of Maths Inspiration, a public programme of interactive lecture shows that end to inspire teenagers to pursue fine subjects to an advanced position. Since 2004, over teenagers progressed 14-17 have attended our shows.
The idea for Maths & puzzle Inspiration grew from the experience of several calculi speakers, in particular Simon Singh, Colin Wright and me. We were being invited to seminaries across the country to give addresses, only to find the followership of 100 teenagers, some of whom had travelled an hour from other seminaries for a one hour lecture in an echoey academy hall. It wasn’t a good use of anybody’s time. What seminaries demanded was longer events (to make the trip worthwhile) and what we demanded were a larger cult and good venues.
Maths Inspiration began
Maths Inspiration began with a show at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre in 2004. The three speakers were Colin Wright, Helen Joyce ( now an elderly intelligencer at The Economist) and me. We had two cults of 300. The shows were a huge success. They also established the tradition of holding shows in theatres rather than lecture halls, to break the connection between calculi and education establishment.
Ahead long, the Royal Exchange was too small a venue, so our Manchester show moved a many times latterly to the Royal Northern College of Music’s Concert Hall ( capacity 500) and latterly their theatre ( capacity 650). Meanwhile, we started shows at The Criterion Theatre in London, the Bath Theatre Royal, the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds and numerous other fantastic and prestigious venues across the country.
In the early days, I was a speaker at the utmost of our shows. These days, I speak at about one-third of the shows, having erected a fantastic list of speakers who can engage cult of several hundred ( frequently not veritably motivated) teenagers.