The Liverpool Mathematical Society was founded in 1899 and has been affiliated to The Mathematical Association since 1929.

We run a number of events, ranging from professional development activities for teachers in both the Primary and Secondary school sector, through to student competitions involving a Sixth-form Quiz and Mathematical Challenges. We also organise a series of (free) popular mathematics lectures aimed at both teachers and students alike. Some events involve a small fee.


Events are listed below but the branch website will have comprehensive details of the current programme.

The venues for these meetings are usually split between the University of Liverpool; Liverpool John Moores University, and Liverpool Hope University College.


Ian Jarman
David Pountney

Liverpool Branch Past Events


Why do pigs and boomerangs fly?

1 March 2018

LivMS Popular Lectures Programme 2017-18

Title:  Why do pigs and boomerangs fly? 

Presenter: Jonathan Histed- he has a degree in Mathematics and Computation from Oxford.  He likes the intersection of creativity, science and maths where invention comes alive and enjoys making mathematical concepts comprehensible and fun for everyone through demonstrations.

Date:   Thursday, 1 March 2018

Time:  5.30pm-6.30pm

Summary:  Jonathan demystifies gyroscopes and rotational dynamics, showing why pigs and boomerangs fly in circles.  An interactive session with counter intuitive demos, culminating in understanding, building and flying your own cardboard boomerang.

Venue:  Lecture Theatre B, Central Teaching Hub, University of Liverpool, L69 7BX 

Branch Contact:  For more information email Peter Giblin

Door Charge:  FREE for students and members of theLivMS.  Others pay £4 door charge.