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"Motivating Pupils with Recreational Mathematics" with Dr Fernando Blasco

Teachers' session of Maths Magic! exploring the use of novel hooks for engaging students in mathematics.
  • Location: Munster
  • Adult Groups
When Oct 16, 2013
from 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
Where Waterford Teachers Centre, Newtown Rd, Waterford
Contact Name
Contact Phone 051 302037
Attendees Primary and secondary teachers of mathematics.
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A mathematician at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Fernando is one of Spain’s best known maths promoters. “Most people envisage mathematics only as a necessary tool for science and technology. A tool rather abstruse, composed largely of equations and complex definitions. While it is true that maths provides the language for science, and that its development has been motivated by problems in areas such as physics, chemistry or biology, it is also true that many practitioners have focused since ancient times on its recreational side. Surprisingly, this side of maths tends to be forgotten by both the general audience and not so few mathematicians.” Dr. Fernando Blasco uses magic to introduce the public to topics such as prime numbers, knot theory, sudoku, topology, number systems, mind games, Rubik’s cube, calendars or quick calculations. He has collaborated with TV shows in Spain and has played in Civic Centers, Science Museums, University Classrooms and other stages.

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