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Making More of Maths is the theme of the 2003 conference of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics, at the University of Bath, April 14-17. The opening session, "Maths can be more than you bargained for", will be led by Barbara Ball, ATM's professional officer, and her husband Derek, an ATM adviser. Other speakers include Simon Singh, author of Fermat's Last Theorem and The Code Book, on the Enigma machine and the science and art of cryptography. One special feature is a workshop area containing tessellating tiles, crates of cubes, gallons of glue and reams of paper and card. Make a model, solve a puzzle, play a game or simply talk and think. Fee: pound;340 residential (members pound;290). Student and day rates available. ATM, 7Shaftesbury Street, Derby DE23 8YB.

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Barbara Ball also runs the following courses throughout the country: developing mathematical thinking; using dynamic geometry packages to teach geometry; geometric reasoning and proof; maths for gifted and talented pupils; using an interactive SMART whiteboard; using ICT to teach specific mathematical topics; using ATM's Developing Number software; and mathematical activities using spreadsheets. Tel: Barbara Ball on 01664 840110Email:

The Mathematical Association's 2003 conference on the theme Maths Matters will be held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, April 12-15. Speakers include: popular maths TV presenter, Johnny Ball; Rob Eastaway, mathematical writer and performer; Susan Howson, award-winning mathematician; Derek Haylock, primary education expert; leading mathematician Caroline Series, who will talk about maths and gender. Special themes will be: women in maths, maths for work, maths in schools and maths at play. MA, 259 London Road, Leicester LE2 3BE.Tel: 0116 221 0013 Email:

The International Mathematica Symposium, an interdisciplinary conference for users of Mathematica computer software in research, education, industry and commerce, is held every two years. It will be held at Imperial College, London, July 7-11. Speakers include Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, and other experts in its use. The fee will be approximately pound;256. Phil Ramsden, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, 180 Queen's Gate, London SW7 2BZ. Email:;

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