Royal Institution celebrates 30 years of Maths Masterclasses

Royal Institution celebrates 30 years of Maths Masterclasses

Professor Sir Christopher Zeeman, widely regarded as the father of maths communication, opened the 2011 Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclass organisers' conference on Friday 10th June.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ri's maths masterclasses, the conference has brought together those volunteers who have helped to reach over 50 000 students in the past 30 years. Of the programme, Professor Zeeman said: "I always felt that young people can understand theorems and proofs much more than people expect. Maths is often reduced to a rather simple approach which is why I love communicating topics that can show children the real and interesting heart of mathematics. I am delighted to see that the programme I began 30 years ago is still alive and strong at the Royal Institution and I am grateful to the helpers and organisers who have continued my vision."

Keynote speakers at the conference were Rob Eastaway talking about The Hidden Mathematics of Sport and Alex Bellos on Alex's Adventures in Numberland.

The Ri is calling for all those who have participated in a masterclass in the last 30 years to get in touch and recall your maths experience. Join the masterclass alumni at www.facebook.com/rigbmaths or by emailing 30years@ri.ac.uk. Find out more at www.rigb.org/maths.