Mathematics Workshop: the Art of Discovery

Mr Mate Balogh, Mr Oliver Janzer and Mr Peter Simon

MathsMathematics is arguably the greatest human invention. It is the oldest formalised science, and the best practitioners of this purest form of thought have become towering figures whose achievements shine through the centuries. The same exhilaration can be shared by the most humble students, if they are allowed to roam free and unconstrained in multiple planes of thought that are opened up in front of them by their own creative thinking. Unimpeded by the cruel reality of the world, the intellectual experience that mathematics offers nevertheless conditions the mind, and prepares it well for the occasional giant leap in all other walks of life.

Intended Audience

Non-mathematicians who nevertheless have a strong interest in problem solving, logical and creative thinking, games and puzzles.

Previous Knowledge

The course has no pre-requisite requirements beyond an interest in problem solving and creative thinking. It is, however, recommended that students familiarise themselves with the general topics and principles of mathematics before beginning the course. Students will receive a collection of introductory problems to which they should devote 5-10 hours.

Transferable Knowledge and Skills

You will develop problem solving skills as well as inductive and deductive thinking processes. You will learn how to analyse models and theories, evaluate mathematical hypotheses and develop analytical skills that will be valuable in many walks of life. An understanding of these principles of mathematics will be of great use to anybody interested in the fields of natural sciences, medicine, economics, engineering and technology.

The Mathematics Workshop is a non-standard course, i.e. its teaching schedule does not fit within any of the standard modular timetable groups and, because of this, is subject to the bespoke course combination constraints outlined below.

The Mathematics Workshop takes place within Module 1, but unlike the standard Module 1 courses it is timetabled between Saturday 9 and Saturday 16 July 2016 (inclusive), with the exam on Wednesday 20 July 2016.

For timetabling reasons, students taking this course cannot also choose:

  • A Module 1 Yellow timetable group course in combination with a Module 3 Green timetable group course
  • A Module 1 Blue timetable group course in combination with a Module 3 Orange timetable group course
  • A Module 1 Pink timetable group course in combination with a Module 3 Maroon timetable group course