Surprised by Maths
We’ll examine bits of mathematics which lead to conclusions which seem to defy common sense. Our examples will come from probability, recreational puzzles, infinite sequences of numbers, and even humble arithmetic.
I will briefly cover the basics of the sources of our examples, but you could enhance your enjoyment by doing some preliminary reading, mainly at GCSE level, on;
Probability Calculations – nothing more sophisticated than the results of throwing dice or tossing coins.
Arithmetic of prime numbers, factors and highest common factors.
The idea that an infinite sequence of numbers can have a finite total.
Teaching Style: Traditional / Discussion / Seminar
Tutor: John Baylis
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