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Who Wants to Be a Mathematician

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician logoWho Wants to Be a Mathematician” is a national high school competition held annually in America, involving more than two thousand students. Back in January 2016, Good Thinking’s Simon Singh was lucky enough to attend the final in Seattle, and in autumn 2016 we worked with Mike Breen, the AMS and Matt Parker to run a UK version of the competition. In 2017 we ran the competition again, with our UK winner attending the international final in California. You can find out what happened in the links at the bottom of the page.

We are delighted to announce that the Maths Department at the University of Southampton sponsored the 2017/18 UK competition. You can find out more about this world class maths department by visiting their website. Of course, if you have taken part in the Cipher Challenge, then you will already be familiar with Southampton’s great enthusiasm for encouraging mathematicians in schools.

This year we’ll be running the first round in September, so teachers should email us at marsh@goodthinkingsociety.org.uk if they want to receive an email when the competition opens. If your school entered last year, you will already be on our list.

Who Wants to Be a Mathematician 2016/2017

Simon Singh, Yuji Okitani, Dougie Dolleymore, Timothy Kang, Connie Bambridge-Sutton and Matt Parker

Simon Singh, 2017 winner Yuji Okitani, Dougie Dolleymore, Timothy Kang, 2016 winner Connie Bambridge-Sutton and Matt Parker