On Wednesday I went to Aberdeen and had lunch with Garry Brindley, Chair of the IMA Scottish Branch in the Aberdeen Maritime Museum, where I saw a scale model of an oil rig. I then travelled to the University of Aberdeen where I gave my careers talk to the Maths Club. This was well received… Read more »

# Talk to Scottish Branch

On Tuesday after teaching a class at Nottingham Trent 10am-12noon I jumped on the 12.45pm train to Edinburgh. I arrived at 5.30pm and by 6.30pm I was giving a talk to the IMA Scottish Branch. Busy day! The invite to my talk went to staff and postgraduate students at Napier University and IMA members more… Read more »

# Careers in Cardiff

I spent a very enjoyable overnight stay in Cardiff. I gave my careers talk at the School of Mathematics, University of Cardiff (pictured below) and had lunch afterwards with Julie Hepburn, who acts as the AGCAS half of our AGCAS-IMA link. We talked about the ways we can work together to promote maths careers. Recently… Read more »

# Podcast Episode 18: Jane Wess, Science Museum

These are the show notes for episode 18 of the Travels in a Mathematical World podcast. 18 is the only number that is twice the sum of its digits. More about the number 18 from Number Gossip. For episode 18 I visited the Science Museum where Jane Wess told me about the mathematics collection. To… Read more »

# At Brunel giving the same talk, differently

Today I woke in Uxbridge and spent part of the day with Victor Arulchandran at Brunel University. I gave my careers talk first to the third year, where I was joined by the mathematics careers advisor, Raj Sidhu. I focused the talk on the career development aspects – the benefits of joining a professional body… Read more »

# Wii ball games in Greenwich

Yesterday I took the Wii to the Mathsoc at the University of Greenwich. I gave a talk on spin in the ball games pool, golf and tennis and then the students played pool and tennis on the Wii. I think everyone had a good time and hopefully it raised or reinforced their awareness of the… Read more »

# Hold the bandwagon, I want to get on

I have been considering for a while the phenomenon that is Twitter. The BBC programme (or podcast) Digital Planet this week described it as: “until relatively recently, Twitter, where people just decribe what they’re doing in 140 characters or less was a rather niche, almost geeky thing” but it is now hitting the mainstream with… Read more »