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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

Why UEFA is turning to ABBA
10 May 17

Penalty shootouts tend to favour the team that kicks first - so UEFA are testing out a new approach to make it fairer. more...

I was sharing the joy of maths...
7 May 17

We all make mistakes in maths. And that's fine, really it is. But there are some mistakes I could do without. more...

Need some good consultants? Call in the Children
27 March 17

In a world infested with jargon and corporate-speak, children are the best remedy. more...

If ABC goes to ABD....
16 March 17

Where do Ideas come from? This puzzle gives a clue. more...

Maths, Teamwork and Googlies
23 March 17

I'm giving the 2017 Zeeman lecture on the evening when I'll receive the Zeeman medal for communicating maths to the public. more...

Sleeping Beauty
12 February 17

A puzzle much debated by probabilists has recently resurfaced. more...

Two Significant Figures
7 February 17

Most seventeen year olds have very limited mental maths skills. Should we care? more...

Venus is brilliant
23 January 17

Until this month I knew almost nothing about our closest planet. more...

Recent Tweets

My teenager looking forward to science homework tonight. Well OK, I'm taking her to @fotsn but I think that counts.

about 23 hours ago

Circle of shopping carts: "Did you lose your job?" Malcolm Swan brought humour & humanity to maths #malcolmswanday

1 day ago

Interesting neighbours on the Foyles bookshelf. Hadn't occurred to me before that alphabetically-speaking I'm right…

3 days ago

'The Number Devil' is proving to be a huge hit as bedtime story for our 11 year old. I'd forgotten what a beautiful…

4 days ago

Want a post-exam maths outing for your Y9/10s, involving games? Outside London: Greenwich:

9 days ago

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