A list of events at which Tom will be speaking or has spoken at in the past. If you would like Tom to speak at an event you are organising please get in touch via the contact page.
Where does river water go when it enters the ocean?
Tom Crawford, the Naked Mathematician, discusses his doctoral thesis work in which, unusually for a mathematician, he took to the lab and ran experiments which demonstrate the value of maths to the real world and its problems in an area which surprisingly has rarely been studied before.
When a river enters the ocean, does the water spread out evenly in all directions? How do the tides and waves affect its motion? And where should we concentrate our efforts to clean up pollution? By creating a simplified mathematical model of the situation we can try to answer these questions, and then test out the predictions with experiments in the lab. Dr Crawford will explain how this all works, as well as sharing his experience of fieldwork onboard a ship in the Southern Ocean…
Perfect Penalties: Hear about the science and maths behind taking the perfect penalty kick – then put your knowledge to the test with mathematician Dr Tom Crawford, aka Tom Rocks Maths.
Which foods should you eat to trick your brain into thinking that you are full? How hairy are you really? How can we use science to make better tasting wine? Find out all this and more from the Naked Mathematician, Tom Crawford.
MATRIX Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 29-31st October 2018
JFM International Symposia, Shenzhen, China, 5 – 6th November 2018
JFM International Symposia, Hangzhou, China, 7 – 8th November 2018
JFM International Symposia, Beijing, China, 9 – 10th November 2018
IMAGINARY Conference, Montevideo, Uruguay, 5-8th December 2018
The Maths of Social Media
Dr Tom Crawford will describe his experience of using social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube – to promote maths content, and his many novel approaches to try to improve the image of maths in society. His award-winning website tomrocksmaths.com features two highly successful video series: ‘Equations Stripped’ and ‘I Love Mathematics’, which will be presented and analysed to discover the key to their success. The importance of relating maths content to everyday examples will be emphasised throughout the talk.
AIAA SciTech Forum, San Diego, USA, 7-11th January 2019
Navier-Stokes Stripped, Durham University, 16th January 2019
Invicta Grammar School Maths Club, Maidstone, 17th January 2018
Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclass Y11, Oxford, 26th January 2018
Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclass Y10, Oxford, 9th March 2018
Navier-Stokes Stripped, University of York, 13th March 2019
Pi Day, Bath Taps into Science, University of Bath, 14th March 2019
It’s all Greek to me! Cambridge Science Festival, 16th March 2019
Navier-Stokes Stripped, University of Bath, 19th March 2019
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Science Enrichment Week, Canterbury Academy, 8th October 2018
The Maths of Sport: The England football team are notoriously bad at penalty kicks and the statistics back it up. Fortunately, there is hope in the form of a recent study which has calculated exactly where you should aim your shot in order to maximize your chances of scoring. I’ll be telling you all about it and you’ll even have the opportunity to try out your new-found knowledge with a live penalty shootout on stage. The Earth is constantly spinning on its axis, which acts to push objects moving in a straight line to the left or right via the Coriolis force. A new study has calculated the effect of this force on a wide variety of sports and the results reveal the ideal location for a world record attempt. We may even try one of our own…
St John’s College Alumni Tea and Talk, Oxford, 21st September 2018
Tom Rocks Maths: Dr Tom Crawford is a tutor at the University of Oxford with a passion for maths communication. Whether it’s stripping back equations on his YouTube channel @tomrocksmaths, explaining the maths of Pokémon on his website tomrocksmaths.com, or telling you the fun facts about numbers that you didn’t realise you’ve secretly always wanted to know with his Funbers series on BBC radio, his mission is to make everyone love maths as much as he does!
Oxford Prospects, Regents Park College, Oxford, 14th August 2018
Oxford Summer Courses C8 Course, Oxford, 12 – 26th August 2018
Oxford Prospects, St Cross College, Oxford, 7th August 2018
Oxford Scholastica Bridge-building Workshop, Oxford Castle, 4th August 2018
St John’s College Inspire Programme Summer Residential, Oxford, 1-4th August 2018
Oxford Summer Courses C6 Course, Oxford, 29th July – 12th August 2018
Blue Bridge Education, Homerton College, University of Cambridge, 27th July 2018
Oxford Sparks Twitter takeover, 25th July 2018
Oxford Summer Courses TED Talk II, Worcester College, Oxford, 24th July 2018
Oxford Summer Courses C5 Course, Oxford, 22nd July – 5th August 2018
The Millennium Problems: This course will introduce students to some of the most important problems currently faced by mathematicians. It will provide a broad overview of higher level mathematics that goes beyond simply learning the formulas and equations that you are taught at school. The focus will be on the Millennium Problems – the seven greatest unsolved problems in maths at the turn of the century. We will also consider Fermat’s Last Theorem – a 400-year-old maths problem that was finally solved after incredible determination and sacrifice by Oxford mathematician Sir Andrew Wiles.
Oxford Summer Courses TED Talk I, Worcester College, Oxford, 10th July 2018
Year 9 Aspiration Days, St John’s College Oxford, 9-10 July 2018
Dr Tom Crawford is a tutor at the University of Oxford with a passion for all things maths! Whether it’s hosting his Funbers series on BBC radio, unpacking equations on his YouTube channel, or explaining the maths of Pokémon on his website, his mission is to make everyone love maths as much as he does. Over the course of two talks, he’ll be answering important questions such as: What’s the best shape for a virus? Why is diamond the hardest material in the natural world? And what is the shape of the universe?
Prince’s Teaching Institute Maths Residential, Downing College, University of Cambridge, 23rd June 2018
How to make everything about maths: Dr Tom Crawford is a tutor at the University of Oxford with a passion for maths communication. Whether it’s stripping back equations on his YouTube channel @tomrocksmaths, explaining the maths of Pokémon on his website tomrocksmaths.com, or telling you the fun facts about numbers that you didn’t realise you’ve secretly always wanted to know with his Funbers series on BBC radio, his mission is to make everyone love maths as much as he does!
Year 10 Subject Days, St John’s College Oxford, 21-22nd June 2018
St Hugh’s Outreach Visit Day, St Hugh’s College Oxford, 8th June 2018
Wad-HAM Outreach Programme, Newham and Tower Hamlets, 16th May 2018
Greenford High School Maths Club, London, 26th April 2018
St John’s College Inspire Programme, Harrow, 18th April 2018
St John’s College Inspire Programme, Ealing, 17th April 2018
Blue Bridge Education, Homerton College, University of Cambridge, 25th March 2018
Navier-Stokes Stripped: The Navier-Stokes equations model the flow of every fluid on Earth, but yet we know very little about them… So little in fact, that there is currently a $1 million prize for anyone that can help to improve our understanding of how they work. In this talk Tom will strip back the Navier-Stokes equations (and himself) layer-by-layer to try to explain them in a way that everyone can understand.
Year 11 STEM Outreach Day, St John’s College Oxford, 14th February 2018
Oxford Primary Care Teaching Improvement Session, Radcliffe Humanities, University of Oxford, 9th February 2018
Engaging with Maths: Tom is a maths tutor at St Hugh’s with a passion for public engagement. His main aim is to make everyone love maths as much as he does, which can mean going to some very extreme lengths to get people interested in the subject (check out tomrocksmaths.com for a range of examples). In this workshop, Tom will discuss some of the techniques that he has used in the past to successfully engage people with a subject that they previously had no interest in. We will cover how to make a topic relevant and relatable to students, how to encourage participation through ‘gamification’ and ways to make numbers accessible.
Big Questions: Join Oxplore for an interactive online event for schools. We’ll be discussing the Big Question ‘Would it be better if we all spoke the same language?’ with specialists from across the University of Oxford. Tune in for debate, competitions, fun facts and the chance to have your say.
St Hugh’s Outreach Visit Day, St Hugh’s College Oxford, 2nd February 2018
Wadham College Luton Outreach Programme, Lea Manor High School, 31st January 2018
Enigma Club, Cherwell School Oxford, 30th January 2018
St John’s College Inspire Programme, Harrow, 30th January 2018
St John’s College Graduate Dinner, St John’s College Oxford, 29th January 2018
St John’s College Inspire Programme, Ealing, 29th January 2018
Media Workshop for Academics, St Hugh’s and St John’s College Oxford, 25th January 2018
Media Workshop for Academics: What is the best way to sell your research to the general public? What are media outlets looking for when deciding which stories to cover? How can you use multimedia to improve the reach of your work? Oxford mathematician, broadcaster and film-maker Dr Tom Crawford will answer all of the above questions, as well as letting you in on a few trade secrets in his media workshop for academics. Tom has experience working with the BBC making radio programmes, podcasts and YouTube videos – all of which will be covered during the day.
Queens’ College Grad Talks, University of Cambridge, 22nd January 2018
Research and Wine, St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, 18th January 2018
Cherwell School Oxford Sixth Form, 12th January 2018
Naked Mathematician: Whether he’s stripping back equations on his YouTube channel Tom Rocks Maths, dissecting the maths of Pokémon in Pokémaths or telling you the fun facts about numbers that you didn’t realise you’ve secretly always wanted to know in his Funbers series with the BBC, Tom’s mission is to make maths more enjoyable for everyone. He may have degrees from Oxford and Cambridge, but they pale into insignificance when you see the first 100 digits of the number ‘e’ tattooed on his arm… This is maths, but not as you know it.
Bridgewater High School Awards Evening, Warrington, 16th November 2017
Maths v Sport: How do you take the perfect penalty kick? Where is the best place in the world to attempt a world record? What is the limit of human endurance? Maths has all of the answers and I’ll be telling you how you can use it to be better at sport… (results may vary).
Maths and the Media: Tom will talk about his recent conversion from maths researcher to maths communicator, as well as discussing the most successful ways to present scientific subjects to the media. He will provide examples of some of his work with the Naked Scientists, the BBC and from his own YouTube channel and social media pages.
St John’s College Inspire Programme, Bentley Wood High School, 18th October 2017
St John’s College Inspire Programme, Acton High School, 17th October 2017
Blue Bridge Education, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge, 24-25 July 2017
Hills Fest, Hills Road College, Cambridge, 4th July 2017
Naked Maths: Tom Crawford is a Naked Mathematician who can be found talking all things maths on BBC Radio and YouTube. His talk will show-off some of his work: from rooting around in beehives to find out why they make hexagon-shaped honeycomb to having the most beautiful shapes in nature – the Platonic Solids – tattooed on his body. He will show that maths is not only all around us, it’s also VERY entertaining.
GKB Lab Lunch Seminar, University of Cambridge, 30th June 2017
Alumni in Industry, University of Cambridge, 16th June 2017
Producer/Presenter: My role at the Naked Scientists consists of two main parts. Firstly, helping out with the weekly radio show and podcast bringing breaking science news to the general public on BBC Radio 5 Live and ABC Australia and secondly, producing and presenting a new weekly video series entitled ‘Naked Maths’ which aims to bring maths to life with interesting examples, puzzles and activities.
Maths for Money: After studying maths at university you might decide that you want to earn some actual money and as a result enter into the ‘real-world’ of industry. Contrary to popular belief, however, this does not mean that you can’t continue doing maths as part of your role. From modelling the temperature changes in Lewis Hamilton’s tyres to helping the RAF budget for a new kitchen, I will present employees talking about the maths they are doing everyday as part of their role. Plus, I’ll tell you how I’m using my PhD to help to make maths more fun for everyone – videos, interviews and demonstrations included.
IMA Mathematics 2017, London, 23rd March 2017