On Thursday 4th of February 2016, myself and seven other Year 10 students along with Mrs Thompson and Mr Barker went to Winstanley College to see a fantastically engaging lecture by Alex Bellos. Alex Bellos is a very charismatic mathematical pioneer and journalist, who gives talks around the world helping young people engage with mathematics.
The talk was fun, detailed and incredibly revealing. We discovered several stunning facts about the history of maths, how maths is perceived across the world, and even how animals can understand maths to a certain extent. Alex successfully shocked the room by showing us how chimpanzees can learn the order and value of numbers, and furthermore we were shocked to discover the amazing photographic memory of the chimp is far superior to that of a human. We were shown the art of the abacus in Japan that allows young Japanese children to calculate the sum of lots of incredibly large numbers extremely quickly, and this made us all feel rather inadequate.
After a great talk, which impressed all of the students, we were given a tour of Winstanley College! The college was modern and tidy and all of the teachers were very friendly and informative. Overall the trip was fun, exciting, interesting and revealed some amazing things about the world of maths.
By Leonardo Bertamini Year 10