On the 30th of November 2016, 45 year 9 girls went on the first ever Year 9 Mathematics trip to the Gielgud Theatre.
The Gielgud Theatre is where ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’ is performed. The play and book has lots of mathematics equations and concepts hidden in it, so has been used as the basis for ‘The Curious Incident of Maths in the Day Time’ a series of mini mathematics lectures about these concepts.
The lecture was run by Matt Parker, who invited three other mathematicians, Rob Eastaway, Hannah Fry and Ben Sparks. Although we have only just started our GCSE the way they explained the Mathematics inside the book was fun, engaging and easy to relate to. They showed us how the music in the play is made by prime numbers, we also found out how the set, costumes and lighting were done.
After the interval the actor who plays ‘Christopher’ in the play showed us the scene where he explains the A level Mathematics question. He also answered our questions. We then had a Q&A with all the mathematicians. It was a great day out and everyone enjoyed it. Thank you Miss Cassidy for organizing it, and all the teachers who gave up their day to take us.
Sami and Liberty – Year 9