The Curious incident of Maths in the day-time

As part of a cross-curricular English and Maths day a selection of Year 10 students went to the Gielgud theatre in London’s West End. The Gielgud theatre is currently showing a play based on Mark Haddon’s novel “The curious incident of the dog in the night-time”. The novel concerns an autistic boy and how he interprets events happening to him.

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The students attended a series of mini-lectures based on areas of maths touched on in the book. These talks were delivered by Mathematicians Rob Eastaway, Hannah Fry and Ben Sparks.  As a special guest, the actor who portrays Christopher in the play performed a section about geometric proof.

 

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Prior to the trip the students read part of the play “The curious incident of the dog in the night-time” and looked at how the introduction compared with that of the novel. They also took part in a class looking at the links between mathematical patterns and harmonics.

The trip was a great opportunity for students to see mathematics in genuinely natural situations.