Numbers not a mystery now

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RENOWNED mathematician and scientist, Marcus Du Sautoy, enthralled a group of secondary school children and sixth formers in a bid to tempt them towards a future career in the sciences.

His lecture, entitled THE NUM8ER MYSTERIES, was organised by The Open University in conjunction with the Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space & Astronomical Research, Christmas lecture and was held at the Venue Theatre, Walton High School.

Professor Du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford plus he holds the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science and is a Fellow of New College.

He also contributes as a writer for many of the broadsheets on both maths and science and is a regular on both TV and radio – with two Horizon programmes on BBC2 and a series on BBC Radio 4.

Janet Goss, business and scholarship co-ordinator at the Open University, said: “It was a fantastic event, the audience were captivated and I’m sure many went away inspired.”

Professor Du Sautoy was presenting to an invited audience that consisted of 326 sixth formers and 32 teachers from 13 different city schools.