café scientifique

Next Meeting:

Monday 14th October 2019
“A whistle-stop tour of the history of code breaking
By Katie Chicot

IWM Non-commercial copyright

Starting with simple substitution codes such as the Caesar cipher (as used by Julius himself) and the ‘pigpen’ cipher. Then moving through the Second World War and Enigma up to contemporary internet codes. We will make and break codes and see how mathematics underpins all aspects of the coding arms race.


Katie Chicot is CEO of MathsWorldUK and Senior Lecturer Staff tutor in Mathematics and Statistics at the Open University.

“I am passionate about the MathsWorldUK project to create the UK’s first Mathematics Discovery Centre. Tackling mathematical problems and encouraging others to engage with mathematical investigations are the cornerstones of my work.

I have used all sorts of means of communicating mathematics, including co-creating the series Patterns of life for the Open University’s YouTube channel, captaining the OU’s team on BBC2’s Beat the Brain, participating in Facebook events and, more seriously, as academic consultant to BBC Radio 4’s More or Less.

My most recent venture is the creation of a maths/brain teaser app called Perplex, which is available on the App Store and Google Play. This was collaboration with the UKMT, with whom I have worked for many years.”











About Café Scientifique

Café Scientifique is a place where people can meet to hear eminent speakers on all things scientific. The events are extremely popular with lively discussion and informative talks. Topics are always relevant, cutting edge and up-to-date. They are often taken from a wider global discussion.

All are welcome. The Café is held at The New Headingley Club on St Michael’s Road.

For information on topics please check back here for updates or for more information see the e-newsletter or the HDT newsletter.

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Coming soon:

Monday 14th October
A Whistle-stop Tour of Code Breaking
By Katie Chicot

Monday 11th November
The End of Politics?
The use of randomised trials in policy making
By David Torgerson

Monday 9th December
50 years of Man on the Moon
By Mark Wrigley


Monday 13th January 2020
Live Viruses for the Treatment of Cancer
By Sue Pavitt and Wendy Thompson

Monday 10th February 2020
Inherited Blindness: a cure in sight?
By Colin Johnson

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