Mathematics Summer School

“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture, without appeal to any part of our weaker nature, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music, yet sublimely pure, and capable of a stern perfection such as only the greatest art can show. The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as in poetry.”

Bertrand Russell

Guided only by their feelings for symmetry and simplicity, creative mathematicians are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of its ultimate usefulness. And yet, we live in a world in which mathematical ideas find application in almost every branch of human knowledge. Since ancient times, the puzzles, problems and challenges that arise from mathematical thought have shaped the way in which we interpret both the physical and the spiritual. In a rapidly changing technological world, mathematics remains as critical as ever to our scientific, philosophical and mechanical endeavours.

The Mathematics Summer School is an opportunity for students to spend five days exploring some of the most exciting and challenging ideas in contemporary mathematics. Students will explore a range of pure and applied areas of mathematics including linear vector spaces; series and limits; multi-variable integration; first and second order differential equations; applications of differential equations; proofs; sets; infinities; algorithms; cryptography and Turing machines. As a general structure, students will develop a theoretical understanding of a particular area of mathematics in the morning session, before exploring the practical applications of these theories in the afternoon.

Classes are small, typically containing twelve to fifteen students, all of whom should have a passion for mathematics, a curiosity to build on their existing knowledge and be keen to embrace and exchange new ideas. An expert Tutor will lead each session in a seminar format, but learning will be largely student-led wherever practical. Classes will focus on discussion and on problem questions and exercises, creating a comfortable environment for students to share ideas amongst their peers and to progress from their existing knowledge toward more challenging material.

See a schedule for this course here.

If you have found yourself hoping to push the boundaries of your pure mathematical knowledge, or curious about the ways in which mathematics can be used to further our understanding of subjects such as physics, philosophy or computing, you’ll be given the chance to explore your ideas at the Mathematics Summer School. This Summer School is particularly appropriate for students who may be considering further study of mathematics at undergraduate level, or who are interested in related disciplines such as physics, computing or engineering.

NOTE: The Mathematics Summer School is only suitable for students who have completed a minimum of AS-Level Mathematics (or the equivalent in another qualification structure) at the time of the course. We welcome any student aged between 15-18 who meets this requirement.

‘The course gave me invaluable insight into Mathematics at university and more complex subjects. I found solving problems very helpful and would definitely suggest anyone considering doing a Maths degree should attend one of these courses to expand their knowledge and experience the more challenging topics that are studied at university.’

‘It was a fantastic opportunity to discover new areas of maths that I would otherwise have not been introduced to through the A Level syllabus. I enjoyed the course and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone interested in approaching more challenging maths problems.’

‘You won’t regret it! If you love the subject, you’ll love the entire week. It gives an unparalleled taster into university mathematics and allows you to explore some absolutely fascinating concepts – some of which will be almost entirely alien to you! The teachers were excellent and the friendly atmosphere ensures that everyone has a great time. I wish I could go again’

Practical Details

The Mathematics Summer School is open to students aged 15 – 18 who have completed a minimum of AS-Level Mathematics (or the equivalent in another qualification structure) at the time of the course, and will take place 17th – 21st July (and repeated 7th – 11th August and 21st August – 25th August) 2017.

The venue for this course is the University of London, Bloomsbury Campus, Central London – you can see more venue and travel details here.

The cost of the five day Mathematics Summer School is £475 per student. Please note that accommodation is not included, and must be arranged independently if required. Bookings for any event may be made by individual students or parents or through the school.

Partial fees bursaries are available for students who would otherwise face financial barriers to attending the course – please see here for details.

To book a place or places at the Mathematics Summer School, or if you have any further questions, simply call on 0845 519 4827, email, or use the form below.

Booking Form

Debate Chamber offers a limited number of full and partial bursaries to students who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you are applying for a bursary please do not complete this form, but instead complete the ‘Bursary Application Form’ here.

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