Maths: Best-Selling Author Rob Eastaway Visits Bede's


Before half term, author and mathematician Rob Eastaway came to speak to Bede's students about the truth behind numbers on TV shows.

Mr Eastaway has had a rich and varied career doing everything from creating puzzles for New Scientist magazine to writing a number of books popularising maths, including the bestselling Why Do Buses Come in Threes?


In his lecture at Bede's, Mr Eastaway talked about how Game Theory is used to determine the outcome of TV shows like Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

During the lecture, we had our own mini version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? in which Piers Nathan and Nicholas Sistovaris volunteered to be the contestants.

We discussed the probability of each volunteer getting the maximum amount of points, the odds against which had Bede's Upper Sixth Mathematicians up on their feet!


We would all like to thank Mr Eastaway for coming to visit us as we thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity, and we hope we can convince more speakers to come in and explore other such topics with us in the near future.


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