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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 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

Umpire's Call
16 July 15

Across the world, statisticians search for a way to improve on cricket's controversial Duckworth Lewis method. Maybe they are looking at it the wrong way. more...

Hannah's Sweets
6 June 15

The maths GCSE question about Hannah's Sweets was tricky, but the level of media coverage was out of all proportion. more...

Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Square Roots.
1 June 15

Ben Stokes is being tipped as England's next great all-rounder. But how do you measure all-round performance? more...

Heathrow Airport and the Travelator Problem
11 May 15

A real life puzzle with an answer that isn't obvious. more...

Cheryl and the Perfect Logicians
13 April 15

The Cheryl birthday puzzle that recently went viral has opened a can of worms. more...

The Curious Popularity of Mackerel Questions
6 April 15

A trivia question that led to the pastime of Tubewhacking more...

The Maths of Red Noses
6 March 15

There are nine noses to collect for the full Comic Relief set. But how many do you have to buy before you've got the lot? more...

How the World Cricket Rankings were born
31 January 15

With cricket's World Cup about to start, here's my previously untold story behind how the world player rankings began. more...

Homework Should be for Parents, Not Kids
6 January 15

Most maths homework for primary children is a tedious chore. Schools should set homework that parents enjoy. more...

How Donald Duck created an Urban Myth
19 December 14

From architecture to credit cards, myths about the beauty of the golden rectangle are hard to dispel. It's Donald Duck's fault. more...

What can the Chinese learn from us?
1 December 14

English schools are discovering some highly effective teaching methods from the Chinese. But what can the Chinese learn from us? 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...

Fronted Adverbials and other Pointless Jargon
10 May 14

This morning I discovered some new jargon. And I'm annoyed. more...

How to Teach Maths
4 February 14

If exams didn't exist how would I teach maths? And what maths would I teach? more...

Recent Tweets

"As Benedict would say, a small sample size". Fine stats commentary from Michael Holding talking about Joe Root batting at No.4 @Benedict_B

about 3 hours ago

I forgot to say...sometimes the best thing to do with the toss of a coin is lose it. Australia 38 for 3 #Edgbaston #Ashes2015

1 day ago

Here's a more accessible discussion of the game Dobble (also called Spot-It). Game still works if you lose some cards.

1 day ago

My kids are loving the new(?) card game Dobble. Here's the maths behind it (eek)...

1 day ago

If England win toss today they should bat. (a)Last 10 years->14 wins,6 losses in Ashes (b)Captains get blamed more if bowl & lose @bbc5live

1 day ago

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