n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Writing for television : Kato's conjecture, ketchup and earthquakes

Volume 2007, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Film crews on the scenic UCT campus are a familiar sight. They use the classical architecture of Jameson Hall in scenes set in ancient Greece or Rome, or the views of Devil's Peak and across the Cape Flats as background for a fashion shoot. One might think that mathematics would be far removed from the world of grips, gaffers and best boys. However, in November last year I found myself in the middle of cries of when I was asked to provide professional mathematical advice and assistance in making one of a series of television commercials.

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