Garden International School (GIS) was delighted to host a presentation by Dr James Grime, a mathematician and public speaker. Formerly of the Millennium Mathematics Project for the University of Cambridge, James now runs the Enigma Project and travels the world giving public talks. James is also a presenter on the YouTube channel numberphile. James’ presentation to GIS students, parents, staff and the public focused on the secret of codes and code-breaking and in particular on the famous Enigma machine. The former Cambridge University lecturer demonstrated the key functions of the genuine World War II machine before a crowd of over 200 people.
Dr Grime was invited by the school to work with Year 5 and Year 8 students for two days during their mathematics lessons. He introduced students to a number of different types of code, challenged them to break some ‘hidden’ messages, whilst also giving the students some context on the history of code breaking.
“Many people think that studying mathematics would lead to a career in accounting or teaching. Technology today requires high level of maths. It requires creativity and original thoughts to create new maths. It’s like art and music,” said Dr Grime who travels around the world to give talks in schools.
“I use history to get people interested in mathematics. It can explain the motivation behind some of the mathematics we use today,” he said.