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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

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...

Argon but not forgotten
12 January 17 chemistry O Level is coming back to me. more...

Who have more sisters: boys or girls?
22 December 16

If you are spending time with siblings this Christmas, ponder this question: on average who have more sisters, boys or girls? more...

The paradox of the unexpected bouncer
20 December 16

Is it possible for a bowler in cricket to bowl an 'unexpected' bouncer? more...

To stream or not to stream
6 December 16

Faced with a choice of sending your child to a school that streams or one that doesn't, what would you do? more...

A Curious Coincidence
24 November 16

Tomorrow I'll be performing on the set of an award-winning West End play. How did that happen? more...

Let's hear it for Arithmeticians
4 October 16

Is it time to reinstate 'Arithmetician' as a skill that has high status. more...

He loved his parents, The Queen and Superman
1 September 16

The so-called 'Bodmas' rule for which order you should do calculations causes more trouble than it's worth. more...

How Fibonacci can help on your holiday to France
1 August 16

To convert miles to kilometres, don't worry about fiddly conversions, just memorise Fibonacci. more...

What is meant by the 'speed' of a tennis serve?
8 July 16

When the IBM speedometer says Raonic's serve is 144mph, is it misleading us? more...

Russian Roulette with a pack of cards
6 July 16

Fifty-two of you have been captured by an evil tyrant with a taste for Russian Roulette. Can you escape? more...

The Game Theory of Penalty-Taking
2 July 16

When taking penalties, strikers - and goalies - seem to go for the corner too often. 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...

Recent Tweets

1/2 UK Sport has axed funding of table tennis/badminton, two low cost/high participation sports that my kids took up post Olympics.

about 13 hours ago

2/2 ...while Equestrian and Sailing, accessible to few urban kids, get £millions. Has sport funding become just buying Olympic medals?

about 13 hours ago

RT @mathsontoast: Maths, magic and Mystery - what a marvellous mix! Anyone in #Bath this Friday evening, take note.

about 14 hours ago

Which group is hardest to engage in maths? Maybe FE students doing GCSE re-sits. Spent today discussing how to make maths 'real' for them

4 days ago

I'm doing a (free) family talk in Bath on Friday 24th Feb, 6:15pm, 'Maths, Magic & Mystery'. Booking details here:

6 days ago

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