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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

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
1 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

Great fun doing our Maths of Everyday Objects talk in Cambridge tonight. Included some #RedNoseDay maths & raised £…

4 days ago

Creative thinking challenge...can you suppress the natural (often understandable) tendency for your first reaction…

4 days ago

The maths of socks, balls, crisp packets et al from @hughhunt and me at Cambridge Science Fest 6pm this evening

5 days ago

Singapore leads the world in performance in maths tests - but at the expense of creative thinking. via @suedepom

5 days ago

Thanks to everyone who came to the Zeeman lecture this evening, a huge honour to receive the medal and a wonderful party afterwards.

6 days ago

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