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 »

# Bristol

Last week I stayed in Bristol on my way back from Plymouth. As I was going to be there I contacted both Bristol Universities and am pleased to report that at embarrasingly short notice they were both able to arrange for me to give my careers talk. First I travelled to University of West of… Read more »

# Podcast Episode 17: History with Noel-Ann Bradshaw, al-Kharazmi

These are the show notes for episode 17 of the Travels in a Mathematical World podcast. 17 is prime, the only prime of the form pq + qp, where p and q are prime. More about the number 17 from Number Gossip. In the regular Maths History series, Noel-Ann Bradshaw of the University of Greenwich… Read more »

# Most southerly maths careers

This week I went to the University of Plymouth for a Maths & Stats careers event. This took the form of 3 parallel sessions of 2 speakers each which repeated once, in which representatives of various employers (many Plymouth alumni) gave talks on their careers. Before the first session was a lunch and in between… Read more »

# Circles, round and otherwise, and after-talk networking at Birmingham

Last week I attended an enjoyable talk by Dr. Chris Sangwin on some of the interesting results from his book with John Bryant, “How Round is Your Circle?” at the invitation of the University of Birmingham Mathsoc. This was followed by an after-talk networking session put on by the Mathsoc using an IMA University Liaison… Read more »

# Careers in Greenwich

Last week I visited the University of Greenwich and gave a lunchtime session on careers. I talked about careers for mathematicians, skills of maths graduates and an overview of the IMA. This was followed by a CV writing session to make it up to an hour and I think this combination of me giving a… Read more »