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Talk adds up to fun for school audience

Maths as entertainment was the order of the night as Glebelands School hosted the latest in a series of community science events.

Mathematician Rob Eastaway gave an entertaining but thought provoking talk on the subject to an enthusiastic audience at the school on Thursday 10th May. 

Rob is the director of Maths Inspiration, a national programme of lectures for teenagers, but has also appeared on various radio shows and written several books from, “Maths for Mums and Dads” to “What is a Googly?”

Two years ago, he visited Glebelands to talk to us about How to Cheat at Mind Reading and his latest talk was the “Hidden Maths of Sport”.

"Rob’s aim is to make maths more accessible and enjoyable for both children and adults - and he certainly managed to do that," said a spokesman for the school.

"When people think about the maths of sport, they are usually thinking of statistics."

"But there is real maths in sport too," she said, highlighting some of the questions he tackled: 'what are the best tactics of a middle-distance runner? and where should a rugby ball be placed when taking a conversion?'

"The audience was shown plenty of practical applications of geometry, mechanics and probability, and were thoroughly entertained - and quite often surprised with the many ways that maths can be applied to sport.

The evening was a great success and the feedback received was incredibly positive, with many mentioning how they were already looking forward to the next presentation," added the spokesman.

Source - Surrey Advertiser