Wednesday, 14 March 2018

18:30 - 19:30

University Of Bath

To celebrate Pi Day (14th March can be written 3.14) we have an entertaining overview of the very origins of mathematics and numbers. Deep philosophical questions, mathematical murder, puzzling proofs, and mysterious memes: they all lead us through the human story of numbers, to finish with one of the most celebrated mathematical images of modern times.

Along the way:

  • Who killed Hippasus?
  • Just why is A4 paper 297mm long?
  • How do you know when there are -1 sheep in a field?
  • What is the square root of -1? Why does it matter?

The real question is: Is maths created by us, or are we discovering eternal truth?

Ben Sparks is a Maths Communicator who works across the UK and the rest of the world inspring and enriching mathematical knowledge amongst his audiences. Ben works part time with the Further Maths Support Programme (FMSP), based at the University of Bath, as a speaker, tutor and co-ordinator, and part time as a freelance maths enrichment speaker. As a trained secondary school teacher he regularly gives talks and workshops to schools and conferences around the country on a range of mathematical subjects. Find out more about Ben on his website



How much do the tickets cost? 

The tickets are free of charge, but we do have an option for you to give a donation towards the organisation of the festival. The Bath Taps into Scinece Festival is run by the University of Bath, but is funded through sponsorship and donations, all money raised form your donations will suport the festival in 2019. You do not have to give a donation, it is completely optional. 

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, the talk is suitable for people of all ages.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is avaible at the University of Bath, which is free after 5pm, otherwise there are pay and display spaces avaible. For more details see the University of Bath parking webpages.

Buses run regualrly to the University of Bath from the centre of Bath. All the details of how to get to the University are on the University travel infromation webpages


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Ideally you will bring a printed ticket or use the Eventbrite app so we can check you in. If you don't have either on the day don't worry we can check you in manually using your name.


Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you can update your information on the eventbrite page up unitl the event. 


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Yes that is not a problem.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can email us at bookings@bathtapsintoscience or call 01225 385418.

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