The countdown is on to the kick off of this year’s Maths Week Ireland, the all-Island festival of maths and numeracy event which is returning for its 10th successive year. From this Saturday October 10th, the week-long celebration will include a host of fun and exciting activities for children, parents, teachers, maths enthusiasts and people everywhere.

World renowned and locally acclaimed mathematicians will enlighten and entertain people of all ages in the wonder of maths through fun and interesting talks, games, teasers, challenges and magic maths shows. And, for those who can’t make it to an event, activities will also be available on and Twitter at @mathsweek.

Highlights of the week include:

– Maths in the City gets this year’s Maths Week underway with a festival of maths activities for all the family on Saturday 10thOctober in St. Stephen’s Green

– Mallow Maths and Science Fair, Sunday 11thOctober, Mallow GAA Club

– Caroline Ainslie aka Bubblz the Mathematical Clown, will bring laughter and games with Bubbly Maths on Monday 12thOctober, Lifetime Lab @ Old Cork Waterworks

– Alice & The Mad Mather Workshop. Join Alice and the Mad Math-er for a fun, educational journey through Numberland – Monday 12th – 16th October, Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford

– The Mathemagician, Andrew Jeffrey will present ‘Maths Magic’ at the Institute of Technology Letterkenny on Monday 12thOctober

– The author of phenomenally successful Murderous Maths, Kjartan Poskitt will be at DCU on Tuesday 13thOctober

– Des MacHale, the greatest authority on George Boole, will present a talk on the importance of Boole’s mathematics at St Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Tuesday 13thOctober

– Marsh’s Library will present ‘Here’s Looking at Euclid’, a public talk with Prof. Robin Wilson on Tuesday 13thOctober

– Maths is Puzzling with Doug Buchanan, Wednesday 14thOctober, Stranmillis

– Andrew Jeffrey will also present at the Alchemist Café in the Mercantile, Dublin 2

– Math-a-Magic with Fernando Blasco in Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork on Thursday 15thOctober

– RIA  Annual Hamilton Lecture 2015  with Professor Daniel Spielman, from Yale University on Friday 16th October at 7:30pm in Trinity College Dublin

– To mark the 150thBirthday of Alice in Wonderland, Robin Wilson will present a special lecture entitled “Lewis Carroll in Numberland” at NUI Galway on Friday 16th October

– Annual Hamilton Walk on Friday 16thOctober in Dunsink

– Mathematician and Concert Pianist, Dr. Eugenia Cheng will be at the National Concert Hall on Friday 16thOctober

– Maths in the City, Saturday 17thOctober, Ulster Museum, Belfast

– The Maths Week team will also join the Botanic Gardens’ Hallowe’en Party with ‘Celebration of Mind’ on Sunday 18thOctober

– Eoin Gill, Maths Week Ireland Co-ordinator said:

“Over the past ten years we have had over 1 million people engaging with Maths Week Ireland, mainly primary and post-primary children, while helping them to have a more positive attitude towards maths.

“We’re delighted to celebrate the 10th annual Maths Week and to see this festival growing to the largest in the world.  It’s a true partnership of people all over Ireland working together for a common aim –  a very important aim to promote mathematics for all.”

As part of Maths Week 2015, people are invited to engage via Twitter to share how they use maths in their everyday lives. By using the hashtag #iUSEMATHS Tweeters can take part in an all-Ireland Maths forum which aims to encourage all ages to get involved. Also on Wednesday 14th October, Ireland’s online twitter quiz, Twiznight, will challenge tweeters to a number of maths puzzles.

Co-ordinated by Calmast at Waterford Institute of Technology, Maths Week Ireland is run as a partnership of over 50 public and private sector institutions and groups, including the universities and institutes of technology, professional bodies, libraries and visitor centres who are committed to promoting an interest in mathematics, as well as many of Ireland’s flagship employers.

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