Tom Rocks Maths

Online Talks for Schools

Dr Tom Crawford is a Mathematician at the University of Oxford where he holds the position of Early Career Teaching and Outreach Fellow at St Edmund Hall. He also runs the award-winning website www.tomrocksmaths.com and associated social media profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube @tomrocksmaths. Tom regularly appears on the BBC, Oxplore – Oxford University’s digital outreach portal, and Numberphile – the largest maths education channel on YouTube with over 3.14 million subscribers. In December 2020 Tom was featured as YouTube’s ‘Creator on the Rise’.

Through July 2021, Tom ran live talks on YouTube – see more and watch the streams below:

Friday 2 July 14:00-15:00 – Maths v Sport

How do you take the perfect penalty? What is the limit of human endurance? Where is the best place to attempt a world record? Maths has all of the answers and Tom will be telling you how to use it to be better at sport (results may vary).

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Wednesday 7 July 16:00-17:00 – Million Dollar Equations

The seven greatest unsolved problems in mathematics, each worth a cool $1 million… In this session I’ll introduce each of the puzzles in turn and try to give you a feel for the maths that you’ll need to know if you’re planning to take one of them on.

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Thursday 15 July 18:30-19:30 – Using Maths to Clean Our Oceans

Where does river water go when it enters the ocean? Rivers are the major source of pollution in the oceans and if we are to clean them up, we first need to know where the majority of the pollution is concentrated. By creating a mathematical model for river outflows – verified by laboratory experiments and fieldwork – the goal is to be able to predict which areas are most susceptible to pollution from rivers and thus coordinate clean-up operations as effectively as possible.

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