21st January 2000 at 00:00
"Fractals, ferns and photocopiers", "Chaotic dynamics", "A trip to the mathematical zoo", "Mathematics, forensic science and the law", "The Suez Canal story", "The mathematics of the game of bowls", "Leonardo Fibonacci and his rabbits" and "Many cheerful facts about the square on the hypotenuse" are among the lectures offered by the London Mathematical Society's five Holgate lecturers. Each lecturer will give up to five lectures a year in schools and colleges aimed at 15 to 18-year-olds. The current lecturers are: Dr Chillingworth, Southampton University; Professor Gettinby, Strathclyde University; Professor Griffiths, University of Wales, Cardiff; Tom Roper, Leeds University; and Dr Webster, Sheffield University. Local organisers are responsible for all arrangements, making contact with the chosen speaker and reimbursing their travel expenses and subsistence costs. The London Mathematical Society pays the lecture fee. The Holgate lectures are named fter Philip Holgate, who helped ensure the success of the LMS's Popular Lecture series.

Details: LLMS, De Morgan House, 57-58 Russell Square, London WC1B 4HP; e-mail:; website: FunMaths 2000, the perpetual maths calendar with puzzles to last you throughout the century is available from the author, John Bibby, tel: 01904 424242; e-mail:

Sixteen maths trails for children aged eight to 16 have been put together at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Using worksheets, pupils follow the trails around the 42-acre amusement park and a number of rides. Questions include:

"How long is the Log Flume ride? Using the fact that 1 metre is 3.28 feet, convert the length into metres". Admission with the maths trail is pound;9 per student. The student from each school party achieving the highest mark receives a book of ride tickets worth pound;20.

Details: 01253 341033 ext. 1419.

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