Category Archives: Festivals

Read on to find out more about festivals held at Life and around the country too.

The Importance of a Mathematical Education

If you were at a social gathering and came out with “That Shakespeare chap’s a bit rubbish isn’t he. I can never understand what he’s trying to say,” people might well regard you as a philistine. Yet, for some reason it’s perfectly acceptable to say “Of course I was never any good at maths at school.” There is nothing new in this, for when the Balfour Education Act was passed in 1902 in recognition of the way Britain was falling behind other European countries in science and engineering, sceptical politicians noted that “a Classical education was more suited for gentlemen.”

In the developed world, only Americans have a lower level of mathematical literacy than the British, and it’s not something of which we should be proud. … Read more

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‘It’s so cold that penguins live up there…’

This year the British Science Festival headed north to Aberdeen, and I was lucky enough to get the chance to be part of it.  Having been told by the taxi driver that ‘it’s so cold that penguins live up there’, I was shocked when I stepped off the train to meet glorious sunshine instead. … Read more

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