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British Science Week mathematicians poster competition

Maria Gaetana Agnesi by Bianca Milesi Mojon (1836) and 祖冲之铜像.jpg by 三猎.

I wrote a mathematics-themed competition for British Science Week, which is a UK-wide event lasting ten days taking place this month.

The competition calls for individuals or groups to research the life and/or work of a mathematician and produce a poster to share their findings. The six mathematicians available to choose from are:

  1. Maria Agnesi (1718-1799): Italian mathematician especially known for a famous cubic curve.
  2. Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (c.780-c.850): Persian mathematician influential in many areas including algebra and algorithms.
  3. Apollonius of Perga (c.250BCE-c.190BCE): Greek mathematician who introduced the conic sections – two-dimensional shapes formed by cutting through a cone.
  4. Brahmagupta (598-670): Indian mathematician who set out rules for arithmetic involving zero.
  5. Philippa Fawcett (1868-1948): English mathematician, first woman to score top in the Cambridge mathematical exams, but was not awarded the degree she earned by doing so.
  6. Zu Chongzhi (429-500): Chinese mathematician and astronomer who calculated the most accurate approximation of pi for most of the next 1000 years.

Posters will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Creativity of presentation – How well have you used the space to creatively present your ideas?
  • Clarity of presentation – How did get your ideas across?
  • Research – What do you know about your chosen mathematician’s life and work?

The deadline for entries is Friday 18th March 2022. More information is available from the SHU Science Week Challenges & Competitions page under ‘Mathematics Poster Competition’.

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