Maths Week Ireland 2012 will take place from 13–21 October, in an all-island week-long celebration of mathematics.
Throughout the week mathematicians will demonstrate the interesting and fun elements of maths and entertain people of all ages with maths games, teasers, challenges and magic maths shows.
The aim is to present maths as interesting, challenging, rewarding and even fun, Maths Week Ireland Coordinator Eoin Gill said at the launch.
More than 150,000 people participated in Maths Week events last year and this year should exceed that total. Over 100 events will take place during the week.
Highlights in Dublin include “Maths in the City” on Dublin’s Grafton Street (13 October) and presentations on the mathematics behind sports such as rugby, athletics, football and tennis; the Maths in Obama’s Mobile Phone; and Climate Change and Diagnosing Cancer – how maths rules everything.
In Northern Ireland, thousands of primary and secondary school pupils will discover the fun of sums with an array of maths games, teasers, challenges and magic shows. Partners include the University of Ulster, Queen’s University Belfast, Stranmillis University College, W5 and Armagh Planetarium who are all hosting events.
The week finishes with Maths in the City in Belfast (Saturday 20 October), with national and internationally renowned mathematicians entertaining the public with mazes, maths magic, puzzles and card tricks.
Maths Week is co-ordinated by Calmast at Waterford Institute of Technology and is run as a partnership of over 50 organisations including institutes of technology and libraries.
Find events near you on the Maths Week website
Listen to an interview with Eoin Gill and Sheila Donegan from Maths Week Ireland on Today FM (scroll to 38:30 mins in)