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

When did Pupils become Students?
6 February 16

A generation ago, anyone who attended school was called a pupil. Now even children at primary school are called students. Why the change? 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...

Tiger Mums? Give me Dolphin Dads any day
18 January 16

I thought I'd invented a new label for a style of parenting, but Google quickly put me right. more...

How the World Cricket Rankings were born
31 January 15

When you hear in the headlines 'Stuart Broad is ranked number one bowler in the world', ever wondered how it's worked out? more...

From Quidditch to the Davis Cup
30 November 15

Nothing spoils a sporting contest more than a format where the best teams don't win. more...

How do YOU remember your PIN number?
6 November 15

You aren't supposed to write your PIN number down, so how do you remember it? Here's the method I use. more...

Robshaw's Risky Decision
27 September 15

England's rugby captain was criticised for gambling for a win and losing. Here's the maths. more...

The puzzle of the two Black Queens
4 September 15

A puzzle with an answer many people will find counterintuitive. more...

Robin the Frog Wasn't Halfway Down
24 August 15

Robin the Frog sang about how he always liked to be halfway down the stairs. But he lied. He wasn't halfway. 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...

The Curious Popularity of Mackerel Questions
6 April 15

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

Recent Tweets

RT @Helenoutside: Like the look of this.. Another great book by @robeastaway and @mikeaskew26

1 day ago

My back of envelope calcs suggest @bbcradio4 costs each UK adult about £3 per year or 1p per day. I love public service broadcasting.

2 days ago

An extract from #MathsOnTheGo - how to make creative use of the back of the kitchen door or side of the fridge.

3 days ago

When did 'pupils' become 'students'? It seemed to happen when nobody was looking. Anyone know the history? My blog

4 days ago

Will private schools really close? Or will they just replace UK with Chinese pupils (as is happening a lot already)?

6 days ago

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