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A Mathematical Look at the Olympics

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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.

This talk is part of the Millennium Maths Project public and schools' events series.

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