Maths On The Go


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.



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.


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 SATs Fiasco
12 May 16

As children in primary school take their so-called SATs, there's confusion and misinformation all over the place more...

Can I have a volunteer?
3 May 16

The perils of getting helpers on stage. more...

Mathematical magic
17 March 16

If you have one minute to get somebody engaged with maths, what do you do? more...

When did Pupils become Students?
6 February 16

A generation ago, anyone who attended school was called a pupil. Now even children at primary school are called students. Why the change? more...

Playing Maths with your Children
19 January 16

The best maths thing parents can do with their kids is not DO maths but PLAY it. A little silliness can go a long way... more...

Tiger Mums? Give me Dolphin Dads any day
18 January 16

I thought I'd invented a new label for a style of parenting, but Google quickly put me right. more...

From Quidditch to the Davis Cup
30 November 15

Nothing spoils a sporting contest more than a format where the best teams don't win. more...

How do YOU remember your PIN ?
6 November 15

You aren't supposed to write your PIN down, so how do you remember it? Here's the method I use. more...

The puzzle of the two Black Queens
4 September 15

A puzzle with an answer many people will find counterintuitive. more...

Making things Complicated: 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...

Recent Tweets

Pick a card, any card - I'll be talking about the maths of card games, puzzles, shuffling et al at @meiConference this afternoon.

about 4 hours ago

Here's one thing that's going well in the UK: growth in numbers taking Maths/Further Maths.

1 day ago

Been great fun as ever doing these shows with @standupmaths @fryrsquared @sparksmaths @shepherdpg @lisamcollins ...

4 days ago

Watched Roman Holiday (1953) this pm. Hepburn: "I am in favour of any measure which would lead to closer cooperation in Europe." Poignant.

5 days ago

RT @MathsInspiratn: Over 2,000 seats already booked for our 'Curious Coincidence of Maths in the Day-Time' shows in November…

6 days ago

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