Conferences and courses

* The Mathematical Association and Association of Teachers of Mathematics are celebrating the centenary of the Liverpool Mathematical Society and looking forward to the millennium with a joint conference on the theme Hundreds and Thousands. It will be hosted by the LMS on April 6-9, 1999, at Liverpool Hope University College. Details: ATM, 7 Shaftesbury Street, Derby DE23 8YB, tel: 01332 346599; e-mail: * Origami and a multicultural Crystal Maze are among workshops planned for the second York Maths FunFair to be held at Burnholme Community College on October 23-24. There will also be pavement puzzles, videos and computer games. The event is part funded by a Royal Society grant. Details: Jane Phythian, tel: 01904 421218 or John Bibby, York Maths Teaching Group, 01904 424200.

* The Royal Institution of Great Britain has been running mathematics masterclasses for Year 8 or 9 students all over the country since 1980. It has now embarked on a similar programme for primary children. Normally selected from school recommendations, students are invited to attend a series of five to 10 Saturday classes involving formal and informal workshops. Details: Roger Bray (secondary) or Jenni Way (primary), tel: 0171 670 2975; e-mail:

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