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

What is meant by the 'speed' of a tennis serve?
8 July 16

When the IBM speedometer says Raonic's serve is 144mph, is it misleading us? more...

Russian Roulette with a pack of cards
6 July 16

Fifty-two of you have been captured by an evil tyrant with a taste for Russian Roulette. Can you escape? more...

The Game Theory of Penalty-Taking
2 July 16

When taking penalties, strikers - and goalies - seem to go for the corner too often. more...

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...

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...

Recent Tweets

More evidence that the 'speed' of tennis serve reported at Wimbledon is an unreliable figure. Thanks @mb_whitworth

2 days ago

The fact that yesterday was #PiApproximationDay (22/7) was acknowledged on @bbctms cricket commentary this morning. Like a nod from royalty.

4 days ago

RT @AJMagicMessage: How perfect that @englandcricket finished on 314 on #PiApproximationDay.

5 days ago

The Platonic geometry of footballs from 1966 to Euro2016 revealed with beautiful clarity by @standupmaths

6 days ago

How Politicians Lie With Statistics - great stuff as ever from @d_spiegel

6 days ago

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