Yorkshire Branch of the
Mathematical Association

Programme 2018 - 2019

(There's a downloadable pdf version of this programme here).

Previous years:   2017/2018   2016/2017   2015/2016   2014/2015   2013/2014   2012/2013   2011/2012   2010/2011

This year, our meetings will be held at the University of Leeds in the School of Mathematics, Room Mall 1, except the W P Milne Lecture, which will be in the Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building.

For directions and parking information, see here.

There is a Campus Map here (The School of Mathematics is building 84a.)


Saturday 20th October 2018, 2pm for 2:30pm

Venue: MALL 1, School of Mathematics

"The Platonic Solids’ Lesser Known Cousins"
Dr Richard Elwes – University of Leeds

The Platonic solids need no introduction. But what makes these five shapes so special? They are the only polyhedra satisfying the following conditions: every face is a regular polygon, every face is identical to every other, every edge is identical to every other, every corner is identical to every other, and finally the shape is convex (roughly, it contains no holes or spikes). In this session, we will investigate some of the less famous (but no less beautiful!) shapes that arise when we relax or amend these conditions. The session will also showcase three of the speaker’s current favourite things: a children’s construction toy (Magformers), a piece of software (Robert Webb’s Stella 4D), and a rare book (Adventures Among The Toroids by Bonnie Stewart).

Tuesday 4th Dec 2018 7pm for 7.30pm

Venue: MALL 1, School of Mathematics

"Christmas Quiz and Buffet!"

Tim Devereux and Alan Slomson - YBMA

A sociable evening of brain-frazzling questions, quirky mathematical prizes with seasonal food and drink. Cajole your colleagues to come and enjoy themselves.


Saturday 9th March 2019 11am for 11.15am

Venue: MALL 1, School of Mathematics

Enriching the Teaching of A level Mathematics
A Study Day for Teachers

Stella Dudzic - MEI

"Some Statistical Starters"

This session will introduce some starters for teaching statistical topics as part of AS and A level Mathematics.


"Statistical software and simulation in the classroom"

Darren Macey - Cambridge Mathematics

This session will look at a selection of free or inexpensive statistical analysis software and explore how they can be embedded in lessons alongside real datasets to enhance student dialogue around statistical concepts.

The day will end with optional tea/coffee at 3pm.

For more details and to register for the study day please e-mail Alan (A.Slomson@leeds.ac.uk). Registration fee £30 (includes lunch).

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 2.30pm

Venue: Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Michael Sadler Building University of Leeds

W P Milne Lecture for Sixth Formers: "To Infinity and Beyond"

Dr Katie Chicot – The Open University

The infinitely large and the infinitely small are mind-blowing concepts that have helped mathematicians to solve some very real, and finite, problems. Katie Chicot explores the mysteries and misconceptions of infinity, from ancient puzzles to some of the very latest mathematical research, taking you to infinity... and beyond.

This talk is included in the Key Stage 5 Maths Day during the Leeds Festival of Science.
Visit www.leeds.ac.uk/festivalofscience for more details.

Saturday June ??? 2018, 2pm for 2.30

Venue: MALL 1, School of Mathematics

The Summer Meeting: TBA

Followed directly by...
The YBMA AGM (at the same venue)

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