Maths with Professor Christopher Zeeman

Professor Christopher Zeeman talks maths to some teachers During his long and distinguished career Professor Christopher Zeeman, now aged 84, specialised in the study of topology and catastrophe theory, but he still has an interest in maths education.
In the office of the Director of the Royal Institution a group of teachers come together with Professor Zeeman to meet him and to talk about maths. During the discussion, Professor Zeeman stresses the importance of rigorous proof and ‘play’ in the study of maths. While the panel of teachers agree that they find these concepts personally satisfying, they have reservations about how prepared their pupils are to take them on board, and they discuss what they could do in the classroom to help them.

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