Talking to people who use maths in their work. Aiming to encourage further uptake of maths at A-level and beyond. Brought to you by the Further Maths Support Programme. The FMSP supports students and teachers in England with mathematics, and you can find out more at Hosts: Peter Rowlett (Nottingham Trent University) and Katie Steckles.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Episode 20: Calculus and fluid dynamics

This week the topic was calculus and differentiation. We talked to Florencia Tettamanti, who’s a mathematician working on fluid dynamics. We talked about how Flo uses calculus to study the motion of fluids like air and water, and what it’s like to be a research mathematician. Show notes and more episodes via

Friday, 8 May 2015

Episode 19: Computer games and mechanics

This week the topic was mechanics and friction. We interviewed Dan Hett, who works for CBBC writing computer games for their website. We talked about his work and how he uses a lot of mathematics in modelling how characters move, and making sure that’s done in a realistic way. Show notes and more episodes via

Friday, 24 April 2015

Episode 18: Medical imaging and Fourier analysis

This week the topic was Fourier analysis. We interviewed Heather Williams, who’s a medical physicist and works with Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanners, as well as other medical scanning devices. We talked about her work and how maths is important in converting data from the scanner into images that can be used to diagnose patients. Show notes and more episodes via

Friday, 27 March 2015

Episode 17: Nuclear reactor modelling

This week the topic was mathematical modelling and linear programming. We interviewed Rick Crawford from AMEC, who’s a mathematician studying decommissioning of nuclear reactors, and using mathematical models to determine whether it’s safe to continue using a particular reactor given that it may have degraded over time, but without actually building a physical model of it. Show notes and more episodes via

Friday, 13 March 2015

Episode 16: Actuarial science and normal distributions

This week the topic was statistical distributions and actuarial science. We interviewed Richard Harland, who works in risk management for an insurance firm. We talked to him about his work as an actuary, and how he uses statistical distributions like the normal distribution to predict the probability of risky events. Show notes and more episodes via

Friday, 27 February 2015

Episode 15: Accountancy and cash management

This week the topic was mathematics and money, and how maths is used in finance.
We interviewed Sarah O’Rourke, who’s an accountant working on the problem of moving cash around to where it’s needed in cash machines. We discussed the ways she uses mathematical modelling to predict where demand for cash will be high, and also the other types of work that accountants do, and the different ways to become an accountant.
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Friday, 6 February 2015

Episode 14: Maths and Art

This week the topic was maths and art. We interviewed Edmund Harris, who spoke about his work using different media to engage people with mathematics, including his work creating art with a mathematical basis. We discussed his work with tilings and how he uses maths in his work. Show notes and more episodes via