Monthly Archives: April 2019

Maths Week London 10-14 June 2019

I am so excited about being involved with Maths Week London, which is taking place from 10 – 14 June 2019.

Maths is such a cool subject and having a ‘can do’ attitude is a key attitude to encourage.

The success of Maths Week Ireland and Maths Week Scotland was so encouraging – over 80,000 pupils took part in Maths Week Scotland this year – that Sumdog, the organisers, want to share that success by bringing Maths Week to London.

I shall be sharing how parents and carers, without any specialist maths knowledge, can very simply encourage a ‘can do’ attitude in their children. Do come along!

I will keep you posted with further details of my event!

Please follow the link to find out more about Maths Week London:

https://www.mathsweeklondon.org/

Sydney Opera House Sails

I was utterly gobsmacked to learn recently about Joseph Bertony, the man who designed the crucial arch that made possible the fabulous ‘sails’ for the iconic Sydney Opera House.

What an amazingly inspiring life story! What amazing mathematical prowess he possessed. He did 30,000 calculations by hand for the design of the sails. These were checked later by the only computer available at the time in Australia to deal with these kind of calculations and yes, Joseph’s calculations were accurate. He had not made a single error.

The sails of Sydney Opera House are beautiful. I felt so emotional the first time I saw them. It is wonderful to learn about the engineer. You can read more about Joseph by following this link:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-47880938?ocid=wsnews.chat-apps.in-app-msg.whatsapp.trial.link1_.auin

Maths really is such a cool and beautiful subject. Without the maths, nobody would have dared to build it!

Here is a photo I took of the Sydney Opera House showing the sails from the Manly ferry.