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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

A Curious Coincidence
24 November 16

Tomorrow I'll be performing on the set of an award-winning West End play. How did that happen? more...

Let's hear it for Arithmeticians
4 October 16

Is it time to reinstate 'Arithmetician' as a skill that has high status. more...

He loved his parents, The Queen and Superman
1 September 16

The so-called 'Bodmas' rule for which order you should do calculations causes more trouble than it's worth. more...

How Fibonacci can help on your holiday to France
1 August 16

To convert miles to kilometres, don't worry about fiddly conversions, just memorise Fibonacci. more...

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...

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

The new maths gallery at the Science Museum will feature a machine built by Kazuo Ishiguro's dad

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13th Dec: rugby-themed @mathsinspiratn in Cardiff with @hughhunt @statsjen, me and ex-Wales captain @RyanJonesOnline

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And talking of Xmas gifts...

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The proof in the pudding..

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RT @alexbellos: The Moo maths. A Very Precise Calculation of Exactly How Many Cows Are Being Murdered to Make the New Fivers…

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