Step into Maths: Games and Graphs

Overview

Step into the world of maths with games and graphs.  

First, we will introduce you to the maths of connections, known as graph theory. A famous example of graph theory is the London Underground map. We will discover some of the basic ideas in graph theory as we try to unravel their web of connections.

Our look at the maths of connections will end with the most celebrated results in mathematics that proves that any map can coloured with just four colours. This is true for any map, from the counties of England to the map of the world!

Finally, for a change of pace, we will test your strategic thinking with some mathematical games. Each game has a winning strategy, but can you find it? 

This day school is perfect for those looking to take a first step into the world of maths, and requires no previous mathematical experience.

Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 UTC on 10 January 2024.

Programme details

9.45am
Registration at Rewley House reception

10.00am
A connected world

11.15am
Tea/coffee break

11.45am
A colourful world

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Strategic thinking: part 1

3.15pm
Tea/coffee break

3.45pm
Strategic thinking: part 2

5.00pm
End of day

Fees

Description Costs
Course Fee (includes tea/coffee) £99.00
Baguette lunch £6.50
Hot lunch (3 courses) £17.60

Funding

If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses

Tutor

Dr James Grime

James Grime is a mathematician and public speaker. James travels the UK and the world giving public talks about mathematics. James is also an associate lecturer for the Open University, content developer for MathsCity Leeds, the UKs first national mathematics discovery centre, and presenter on the popular YouTube channel called numberphile.

Application

Please use the 'Book' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the price, but if you wish to stay with us the night before the course, then please contact our Residential Centre.

Accommodation in Rewley House - all bedrooms are modern, comfortably furnished and each room has tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview television, and Free WiFi and private bath or shower rooms.  Please contact our Residential Centre on +44 (0) 1865 270362 or email res-ctr@conted.ox.ac.uk for details of availability and discounted prices.