Maths and Sport: Countdown to the Games

This project is part of the award-winning Millennium Mathematics Project at the University of Cambridge.

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games offer an extraordinary and exciting opportunity to explore mathematics and science at work in real-world contexts. Mathematics and science underpin every aspect of the Olympic and Paralympic Games - from the sports events themselves to the design of the venues, the operation and planning of London’s transport networks, and the project management of such a huge international event.

To celebrate London 2012, this project is developing free online mathematical articles and activities exploring maths and science through the Olympic and Paralympic Games, aimed at a wide audience from school students and their teachers to members of the public. These can all be accessed on the project website

Maths and Sport: Countdown to the Games has been awarded the Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire Programme. The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises exceptional and innovative projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

Project details



Professor John D Barrow, Millennium Maths Project, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

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1 April 2010-31 August 2012

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