Maths Magic!

15 December 2023

Yes, technically, Maths week was months ago, but like a repeating decimal or pi… Maths never really stops! It has taken us a bit of time to do the final computations in the newsroom but let it be known now that we were delighted to welcome back Past Pupil Colm Mulcahy (Class of 1975): Irish mathematician, academic, columnist, book author, public outreach speaker, amateur magician and spinner of engaging Maths stories. Colm is Professor Emeritus at Spelman College, where he was on the faculty from 1988 to 2020. Colm is famous for his Maths outreach programmes and, as you can see below, he delivers them all over Europe. After all, Maths is the one true universal language! This past Maths Week we were thrilled to have him back dazzling our own First and Fourth Year pupils with his maths-based card tricks. We are not sure the legendary Conlethian STEM teacher/god Michael Manning encouraged card play in his classroom, but we are sure he is proud that his past pupil is carrying on the Maths mission with such enthusiasm and charm!

by Charles Latvis

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