The Liverpool Branch of the MA

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.


Peter Giblin

David Pountney

Liverpool Branch Past Events




The 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURE: Patterns and Predictions

19 December 2016

Branch: Liverpool

Title:  The 2016 CHRISTMAS LECTURE: Patterns and Predictions

Presenter: Colin Wright

Date: Monday, 19 Dec, 2016 

Time: 14:00-15:00

Summary:  This talk starts with some seductively obvious patterns that seem successfully to predict the future, but then goes on to show that not all patterns are trustworthy.

We start with simple arithmetic sequences, and talk briefly about why we claim a sequence "should" continue in a particular way. Then we look at a specific problem and look at the sequence it generates, only to discover that it's not the sequence we expect.

In an apparent shift of topic we then look at Morse Code, and look for patterns in how it's designed, and some implications. Oddly enough, both the doubling sequence (1, 2, 4, 8, 16,…) and the Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, ...) arise naturally.

We finish by going meta, and using a pattern of patterns to predict the existence of Juggling Patterns.

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

Venue Address:  tbc L69 7BX

Audience:  Suitable for Year 11 up and their teachers.

Branch Contact name/email:  Please email any enquiries to Peter Giblin

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9 February 2017

Branch: Liverpool

Title:  tbc

Presenter: Balazs Szendroi

Date: 9th February 2017

Time:  17.30

Summary:  tba

Venue:  tbc

Venue Address:  tbc

Audience range:  16 years and over.

Branch Contact:  Please email any enquiries to Peter Giblin