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Gifted & Talented Masterclass - Comissioned Lectures
Johnny Ball’s Funtastic Maths
In his highly successful, high impact lectures, Johnny explains how, after failing at school, he took up recreational maths, which opened up a whole new world of opportunities and enabled him to develop such a varied career. By tracing the history of mathematics, he shows clearly that everyone is capable of genius, just like Archimedes, Galileo, Kepler, Descartes or Newton - it is all a question of determination.
Featured topics may include - Maths Puzzlers; Egyptian Pyramids, Binary Multiplying and the Digital Age; Babylonian Maths; Archimedes pulley system, burning the Roman Fleet and satellite dishes; Galileo rolling balls, firing cannons and designing Theme Park Rides; Kepler’s Planetary Motion and coping with curves and G forces; Newton discovering Gravity by standing on the shoulders of these giants; Eratosthenes’ Mesolabe Compass and it's links to Galileo and simple and compound Interest, Descartes co-ordinates, Napier's logarithms and scientific notation, arithmetic and geometric progressions.
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