Category Archive: Excellence in Maths

Aug 29 2017

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician is back!

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

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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Nov 16 2016

UK ‘Who Wants to Be a Mathematician’ Finalists Announced

Reposted from the Who Wants to Be a Mathematician website. Six students who took the Round 2 Who Wants to Be a Mathematician qualifying test have qualified for the live, on-stage finals that will take place at the 2017 Maths Fest in London on February 9. The top prize is £150. The six students are: …

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Oct 25 2016

Our First Maths Project – American High School Maths Challenge Now Open to UK Students

“Who Wants to be a Mathematician” is a national high school competition held annually in America, involving more than two thousand students. Back in January Good Thinking’s Simon Singh was lucky enough to attend the final in Seattle. This year, Good Thinking, Matt Parker and Maths Fest have been working closely with Mike Breen and …

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