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Books

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.

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Maths

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.

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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

16% of 25? Easy!
21 May 19

A regulation percentage calculation went viral recently. Last week a teenager called me a genius for being able to work this out in my head. more...


Test Match tickets for children should be FREE
13 May 19

A day at the Test match can be a wonderful experience for children. What a shame that cricket has almost given up trying to bring them in. more...


The Button That Blows Out Candles
17 April 19

Here's the story of the old man who told me about the button that blows out candles. more...


How fast would a pole vaulter hit the ground?
10 April 19

A sporting Fermi question more...


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...


Manipulative
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

Australian commentator discussing the weight of a cricket bat just now: "mine's about 2lb 8oz". Surprising to hear… https://t.co/T5nKlrYw3R

about 19 hours ago

Is this the best view from a school classroom in the world? (Answer: no, there’s a better view upstairs). #StGilgen https://t.co/iaURn8r1kX

2 days ago

RT @CoreMathsCat: @willblanks engrossed in his belated birthday present. Thank you @robeastaway https://t.co/qlCakrvgMO

7 days ago

RT @geoffjein: @robeastaway - next generation is safe in your hands! https://t.co/Z89OoUThMb

7 days ago

For those who asked me questions about cricket yesterday - some are answered here. https://t.co/M2uJwNIk7c

8 days ago

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