It is a sad fact that large numbers of the UK population boast that "they were hopeless at mathematics at school and couldn't wait to give it up". This is as much a reflection on the curriculum of half a century ago and the quality of teaching, rather than the ability of the students.
Whilst we all accept that it was an absolute necessity to have an ability to write good English and to have a reasonable knowledge of history, geography and foreign languages, many considered it perfectly acceptable to regard mathematics and the sciences as 'black arts', to be dropped as soon as possible.
This is a great pity, because mathematics is not all about long division and fractions - that is arithmetic. Mathematics in the wider sense is a subject that impinges on all aspects of our lives; through architecture, art, history, literature, music, nature, philosophy and science.
The group entitled 'Discovering Mathematics' whose meetings serve as an introduction to the numerous diverse aspects of mathematics and enable participants to feel encouraged to explore the ideas examined.
This is not a Group intended only for those of a scientific or logical bent but also for those members who are interested in discovering how mathematics influences every aspect of human life. It will not involve a series of lectures but will be a participatory exercise. Each session is not dependent on knowledge gained in previous sessions, so those joining now will not be at a disadvantage.
The intention is that participants will derive enjoyment and stimulation from the process irrespective of whether they have some previous mathematical experience or none.
To see a PDF file of previous Sessions click the # link on the right of this page.
The Group meets once a month, usually on the 3rd or 4th Wednesday in the month.
If you are interested please contact John Bennett on 01903 814895 or click on the 'bluebird' to the right of this page to send an email.