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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

What's the difference between a puzzle and a maths question?
24 September 17

For most people, puzzles and maths questions provoke very different reactions. But what is the difference? more...

The Decline of the Draw
17 August 17

One of cricket's most charming - or to Americans, baffling - features is that after five days play the match can end in a draw. But draws are becoming an endangered species. more...

From Kilo to Bronto
11 August 17

When I was a child, Big Data was measured in Kilos. Now they're arguing about what to call numbers that are an octillion times bigger. more...

Taking The Last Chocolate Biscuit

Taking The Last Chocolate Biscuit
3 July 17

There's one chocolate biscuit left on the plate and there are other guests who might want it. How guilty should you feel about taking it? more...

Why UEFA is turning to ABBA
10 May 17

Penalty shootouts tend to favour the team that kicks first - so UEFA are testing out a new approach to make it fairer. more...

I was sharing the joy of maths...
7 May 17

We all make mistakes in maths. And that's fine, really it is. But there are some mistakes I could do without. more...

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
23 March 17

My Zeeman lecture at the Royal Society connected maths and cricket. 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

RT @MathsInspiratn: Teachers - you get one of our unique truncatable prime pencils if you come to one of our shows this year. What more inc…

about 21 hours ago

75% decline of insects in 30 years - it's staggering that this story is rating as little more than "other news".

1 day ago

A report from @lucykellaway on her first few weeks as a maths teacher after a career in journalism:

2 days ago

Few things are more fun than doing a gig in a noisy Irish pub.

3 days ago

Tonight in a Dublin pub I'll be presenting some playing card curiosities as part of #mathsweek. But these aren't wh…

3 days ago

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