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Books

I've written or co-written eleven books, some of which have appeared in several languages. The majority are about the maths of everyday life, but I've also written books on cricket, memory and creative thinking.

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Maths

I am Director of Maths Inspiration, a national programme of interactive lecture shows in theatres that has reached over 100,000 teenagers in the last ten years. I'm closely involved with the UK maths community, from primary schools to universities.

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Talks & Radio

I give talks to adults and children that range from small interactive workshops to keynote lectures in front of several hundred. I've also done lots of radio, including BBC Radio 4, 5Live, Radio 3 and 2, but not 1 or 6...yet.

Recent Blogs

The Maths of Red Noses
6 March 15

There are nine noses to collect for the full Comic Relief set. But how many do you have to buy before you've got the lot? more...


How the World Cricket Rankings were born
31 January 15

With cricket's World Cup about to start, here's my previously untold story behind how the world player rankings began. more...


Homework Should be for Parents, Not Kids
6 January 15

Most maths homework for primary children is a tedious chore. Schools should set homework that parents enjoy. more...


How Donald Duck created an Urban Myth
19 December 14

From architecture to credit cards, myths about the beauty of the golden rectangle are hard to dispel. It's Donald Duck's fault. more...


What can the Chinese learn from us?
1 December 14

English schools are discovering some highly effective teaching methods from the Chinese. But what can the Chinese learn from us? more...


Problem Solving and Jardin's Principle
2 October 14

A universal syndrome that is often observed but doesn't have a name. Well it does - but hardly anyone knows it. more...


Fronted Adverbials and other Pointless Jargon
10 May 14

This morning I discovered some new jargon. And I'm annoyed. more...


How to Teach Maths
4 February 14

If exams didn't exist how would I teach maths? And what maths would I teach? more...


Recent Tweets

Breaking news: Our Bloomsbury Theatre show for Y9/10s on 29th June will feature Aleks the meerkat - LIVE. Book now! http://t.co/NhdACukerW

1 day ago

Help! Game theory experts: in which situations does Tit for Tat beat Grudger? Supposedly TfT is strongest yet G often better (@fryrsquared?)

5 days ago

Just watched the incredible #ITAvWAL match live on my laptop, streamed on Virgin Trains Wifi. Since when has that been possible?!

5 days ago

This week I've done maths events in Beverley Newcastle Ashington Notts & York. Time for change of scene. Mon- Bristol. But first,watch rugby

5 days ago

RT @SteveJLyon: “@kalumperera76: @steveJLyon @NtlSTEMCentre @robeastaway what a fantastic event.my Daughter really enjoyed it.”#magicofmat

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