Category: Excellence in Maths

Jan 18 2018

Yuji Okitani competes in Grand Final of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician

Yuji Okitani receives an award from George Andrews, former president of the American Mathematical Society

Yuji Okitani, the winner of our UK Who Wants to Be a Mathematician competition, competed in the international Grand Final in the US last Saturday, finishing a very respectable third place in his semi final. The competition, which is run by the American Mathematical Society and took place live at the 2018 Joint Mathematics Meetings …

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Jan 17 2018

The Parallel Project is back

We know that lots of our followers and supporters signed up for the pilot of our Parallel maths project back in the summer, and received our weekly maths puzzles. If you were one of them, hopefully you found our Parallelogram problem sheets and videos fun and interesting. We’re pleased to say that after the successful …

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Jan 09 2018

Test yourself against our ‘Who Wants to Be a Mathematician’ questions

Last November, we hosted the final of the UK’s Who Wants to Be a Mathematician competition, which was won by Yuji Okitani from Tapton School in Sheffield. Yuji will be competing in the grand final this weekend, against the best young mathematicians in the US and Canada. While we wish Yuji the best of luck …

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Nov 24 2017

Yuji Okitani wins UK ‘Who Wants to Be a Mathematician’ Final

Simon Singh, Yuji Okitani and Matt Parker

Yuji Okitani from Tapton School in Sheffield was today crowned the 2017 UK winner of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, our annual search for the country’s top young mathematical mind. Yuji competed in the final earlier today, alongside fellow finalists Connie Bambridge-Sutton from Reigate Grammar School, Surrey, Dougie Dolleymore from King Edwards School, Birmingham, …

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Oct 31 2017

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician finalists announced

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician logo

The second round of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is now complete, and we are delighted to be able to announce the four students, who will be taking part in the UK final next month: Connie Bambridge-Sutton from Reigate Grammar School, Surrey Dougie Dolleymore from King Edwards School, Birmingham Timothy Kang from St Paul’s …

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Aug 29 2017

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is back!

eft to right: Simon Singh (Good Thinking), Yuji Okitani (Tapton Academy), Charlie Hu (City of London School), Simon Wisniewski (St Paul's Catholic College), winner Connie Bambridge-Sutton (Reigate Grammar School), John Harber (King's College London Mathematics School), Shavindra Jayasekera (Wilson's School), Matt Parker (Maths Fest). Photo by Ben Sparks.

Win $10,000 and a trip to California. Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is a terrific maths contest for high school students across America, and last year we ran a separate UK version involving 200 schools and 800 students. It was a huge success, so this year the contest is back… and this time we …

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Jul 04 2017

Join us as a part-time or full-time Top-Top Set Maths co-ordinator

The Top-Top Set Project needs a part-time or full-time co-ordinator. Responsibilities include: Liaising with and visiting the four schools current involved. Recruiting more schools for 2018/209. Talking with potential funders. Possibly teaching a top-set group. Developing resources for and managing online Parallel Project. This website contains more information about the Top-Top Set Project and the …

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Jul 03 2017

Colinette Road Plaque Marks Spot of Historic Exchange

Conservation of a conversation that is now part of mathematical folklore On Sunday 15 June, mathematicians and local residents gathered to celebrate a new commemorative plaque, marking one of the most remarkable conversations to have taken place in Putney. Indeed, it is of such historic importance, that this conversation has been featured in feature films, …

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Feb 24 2017

A black plaque for Ramanujan, Hardy and 1,729

Simon Singh, on the new commemorative plaque at 2 Colinette Road, Putney, jointly funded by Good Thinking and the British Society for the History of Mathematics. If you have read The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, then you will know the that final chapters are all about the mathematics hidden in Futurama. I discuss the repeated …

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Feb 16 2017

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician – UK Final

eft to right: Simon Singh (Good Thinking), Yuji Okitani (Tapton Academy), Charlie Hu (City of London School), Simon Wisniewski (St Paul's Catholic College), winner Connie Bambridge-Sutton (Reigate Grammar School), John Harber (King's College London Mathematics School), Shavindra Jayasekera (Wilson's School), Matt Parker (Maths Fest). Photo by Ben Sparks.

On Feb 9, 2017, we held the first UK final of Who Wants to Be a Mathematician, in front of an audience of several hundred maths students attending this year’s Maths Fest. Congratulations to the six finalists, who fought through two rounds of online testing, and well done to winner Connie Bambridge-Sutton from Reigate Grammar …

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