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Maths Busking makes Big Bang

Big Bang London gets a write-up in the Guardian.

Roll up, roll up. Be astounded at binary numbers, marvel at the wonders of mathematical topography. Pale at the possibilities of probability. Sounds unlikely? Not according to Sara Santos and Matt Parker, the brains behind the new phenomenon of maths busking.

See the Guardian article before for more details of the Big Bang London event which attracted hundreds of school students. Quotes also from Chris Budd of the London Mathematical Society and Steve Humble aka Dr Maths along with others.

Queen Mary was well-represented at the event at Westminster Kingsway College. As well as a team from the Centre of the Cell, Zia Rahman and Professor Peter McOwan of EECS were at the busy Institute for Mathematics and its Applications stand, helping students solve cube puzzles and see the magic of mathematics. Vivien Easson, Wei Roberts and Michael Yates were running a film room with Wideangles.tv as part of the Curriculum Impact funding from the HE STEM Programme, on the theme of "what do employers want from maths graduates?"

All in all, a very successful day with lots of students enthused about the many possibilities of mathematics and science!

Article at

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2010/jul/13/maths-busking-street-entertainers

Video at

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/video/2010/jul/13/mathematics-busking