Professor of Pure Mathematics
University of Manchester
I am a mathematician, and I love to explain mathematics in a simplest possible way.
How I Use Maths In My Job:
This question sounds like “how do you use food”. For most people the answer is obvious: “I eat it”. But I am not only an eater, I am also a cook.
Of course, I use mathematics, but I also make mathematics for other people to use. And I teach students to use mathematics — I am like a chef in a fancy restaurant who explains to guests how to eat an exotic dish.
I love to explain mathematics is a very simple way
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Mathematician and Grandad
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
No-one. I just tried to do what was interesting.
What's your favourite use for maths in everyday life?
Laughing at arithmetic how it is used on TV and in newspapers.
What did you think about Maths when you were in school?
That it was exciting, but had to be treated with respect.
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No. At a kindergarten: telling the left boot from the right one.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Perhaps law or journalism
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I am an old man, so The Beatles.
What's your favourite food?
When I was a boy: fish just caught by me and baked with wild onions in hot sand under a small campfire.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
As an adult: fishing in South Pacific. I discovered that skills you have learnt as a child stay with you for the rest of your life.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I would use the first wish to get more wishes.
Tell us a joke.
All people can be divided in 10 groups: those who understand binaries and those who don't.