Maths

On this page, you will find some recommendations on what to watch, read, listen and do to engage with your subject. As well as feeding your intellectual curiosity, these links may provide useful material for your UCAS statement. Once you have engaged with the links, make sure that you practise putting your thoughts into words with the writing activity at the end.

Watch

Can maths predict the future?

The math and magic of origami

Four Dimensional Maths: Things to See and Hear in the Fourth Dimension

A performance of ‘mathemagic’

Read

You’re still not going to win the lottery

Chalkdust – a magazine for the mathematically curious

Mathematician claims to have solved 160-year-old Reimann hypothesis

Stay up to date with news in maths and computing with Science Daily

AccessEd Reading List

Listen

Brian Cox and Robin Ince in The Infinite Monkey Cage

Podcasts on maths from the University of Oxford

Women in Maths: The Limit Does Not Exist

The Numberphile podcast

Do

  • Solve Alex Bellos’ Monday Puzzle at The Guardian to expand your problem-solving skills.
  • From war and peace to life, death, money, trade and beauty, visit The Winton Gallery at The Science Museum to explore how mathematics connects to every aspect of our lives.

Write

  • To apply to university, you need to demonstrate that you are well informed about the subject and have a strong interest in studying it at greater depth. To get started, practice writing about your subject interests by composing short responses to the following questions:
  1. What have you watched, read or listened to that has inspired you?
  2. Why was it interesting?
  3. What new issues did you learn about?
  4. What do you want to find out next?
  5. What excites you about the subject?
  6. Why do you think studying the subject is important?

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