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Discover how mathematics can change lives in a new festival at the Science Museum

A new festival at the Science Museum this November will transport visitors to a busy newsroom and create drama and headlines to reveal some surprising ways that mathematics can help us all understand and improve the world around us.

  • What’s Your Angle: Uncovering Maths opens on 25 November
  • 25–29 November 2015
  • Free entry

Developed by the Science Museum and interactive theatre company non zero one for a unique four-day event, the What’s Your Angle? festival invites visitors to become undercover reporters and investigate the creative and practical ways that researchers are currently using mathematics to solve problems and change lives. The festival is held in partnership with the London Mathematical Society in celebration of their 150th Anniversary.

Designed to be a fun and interactive experience for visitors of all ages, the festival will also highlight the breadth of current mathematical research taking place at universities across the UK. Whether uncovering the secrets of an archaeological dig or the key to success as a world class surfer, visitors will discover intriguing mathematical patterns and theories that can help us all understand and improve the world we live in. Visitors can use mathematics to uncover lost languages and hear how the ancient Greeks might have sounded, or even dress up as a cow to find out how mathematics can help us study the social interactions and health of the herd.

Professor Terry Lyons FRS, President of the London Mathematical Society, said:

“I hope that this creative and entertaining festival will inspire all visitors to think about mathematics in new ways and realise that mathematics really is everywhere and for everyone. The London Mathematical Society is delighted to be collaborating with the Science Museum to create this event as part of our 150th Anniversary celebrations.” 

What’s Your Angle? opens on Wednesday 25 November 2015 at the Science Museum’s regular monthly Lates evening. The festival will then open exclusively to education groups on Friday 27 November 2015, before welcoming all visitors throughout the weekend of 28–29 November 2015.

Notes to Editors

Further information about the festival activities and researchers:

  • Join an archaeological dig to uncover the mathematics behind tiling, with the Open University
    (Aperiodic tiling research led by Uwe Grimm)
  • Understand waves to become a pro surfer, with the University of Kent
    (Waves and solitons research led by Mareike Haberichter)
  • Join a high altitude training programme and see a live projection of your heartbeat, with the University of Surrey and Kings College London
    (Cardiomorphs research led by Philip Aston)
  • Audition for a new Greek tragedy in Hollywood and use mathematics to see if you could have the voice of Archimedes, with the University of Cambridge
    (Speech modelling research led by Shahin Tavakoli)
  • Find out how increased understanding of chaotic systems such as weather can help us develop better controls, with the Open University and the University of Liverpool
    (Dynamical systems research led by Phil Rippon)
  • Dress up as a cow and discover how mathematics can help us understand herd health and social interaction on cattle farms, with the University of Essex
    (Statistics of cow health, movement and social interaction—research led by Edward Codling)
  • Find out how the problem of a wobbly Millennium Bridge was solved, with University College London
    (Fluid dynamics research led by Anna Lambert)
  • Discover how mathematics can help find cures for unsolved spinal conditions, with the University of Brighton
    (Modelling of the spinal cord and understanding the physical properties of the body—research led by Paul Harris)

About the Science Museum

As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement.

About the London Mathematical Society

The London Mathematical Society (LMS) is the UK’s learned Society for mathematics. Founded in 1865 for the promotion and extension of mathematical knowledge, the Society is concerned with all branches of mathematics and its applications. It is an independent and self-financing charity, incorporated under Royal Charter, with a membership of over 2600 drawn from all parts of the UK and overseas. Its principle activities are the organisation of scientific meetings and conferences, the publication of journals and books, the provision of financial support for mathematical activities, and the contribution to public debates on issues and policy matters relating to mathematics research and education. It works collaboratively with other mathematical bodies worldwide. It is the UK adhering body to the International Mathematical Union (IMU).

In 2015 the Society commemorates its 150th Anniversary with a large programme of events aimed at celebrating the contributions of mathematics to the UK, both historically and in a modern context. These events will take place throughout 2015 and will fall into three major themes: 150 years of the LMS and Mathematics, New Ways of Promoting Mathematics, and Mathematics as Part of Our Culture. The What’s Your Angle?: Uncovering Maths festival is one of the Society’s most significant sponsorship commitments during this 150th year.

About non zero one

Award-winning non zero one has been one of the most talked about theatre companies in the UK over the past few years. The company creates unforgettable, innovative audience experiences that enable participants to have both shared and personal experiences. The company’s work activates people by exploring the relationships between them and using creative approaches to space and technology. Both playful and challenging, the work aims to ask questions rather than tell stories. The five artists collaborate to devise, produce and manage all of non zero one’s work.