Monday, 12 March 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

To prepare competitors and spectators for London 2012, Professor John Barrow casts a mathematical eye over a wide range of Olympic sporting events. A little elementary maths can help us appreciate what is going on in a range of running, swimming, jumping, throwing, paddling, lifting, swinging and wheelchair racing events. We will also examine some of the strange scoring systems that sports employ.

This event is part of the 2012 Cambridge Science Festival - no booking required, but please arrive on time for the start of the talk. (Please note: this event is organised by the Cambridge Science Festival Office - any queries should please be directed to them on 01223 766766 or

Find this event in the Cambridge Science Festival programme.

You may also be interested in our Maths and Sport: Countdown to the Games project, publishing free online activities and articles to celebrate London 2012.

Level additional information: 
Ages 14+