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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, teenagers 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

How to find a cricket pitch in a football pitch
28 February 19

The official dimensions of every adult football pitch in the world arose from quaint numbers chosen by a group of Victorians and Edwardians. more...

16 February 19

Another bit of teacher jargon that is being imposed on children. more...

Giving Puzzles a Punchline
15 February 19

There is a craft to turning a mediocre puzzle into a memorable one more...

The upside down equation
28 December 18

How a curiosity was turned into a puzzle more...

The Magazine Keys of Ypres

The Magazine Keys of Ypres
11 November 18

Unlocking the mystery of some WW1 family memorabilia more...

Inching towards a metric world

Inching towards a metric world
18 September 18

Most of the English-speaking world adopted metric measurements decades ago. Yet imperial language lives on. more...

Recent Tweets

RT @MathsInspiratn: Our final show of the season is at the Hexagon in Reading tomorrow morning, and it'll be a memorable one. Speakers are…

3 days ago

"The second half is always more exciting than the first" said my son before the match. Never been more true than today. #ENGvSCO

6 days ago

Great fun talking about socks, buses and dragon curves at #camscifest this evening https://t.co/zqzNrdeWnN

7 days ago

RT @MathsInspiratn: We have two Y11/Y12 shows at Leeds Town Hall tomorrow, with @statsjen @robeastaway @moulds and John Roberts. Hear abou…

10 days ago

I'm doing a (free) talk, 'Puzzling Surprises', with @hughhunt at Cambridge Science Festival at 6pm on 15th March, i… https://t.co/K9bNrnokXr

17 days ago

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