Date of release: Friday, June 16, 2017

The chance to walk on custard will be just one of the attractions when the University of Greenwich hosts a national festival of mathematics.

There will also be two days of workshops, exhibitions, research activities and presentations from many of Britain's top maths communicators.

Taking place on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 June, other highlights include discussions on Enigma and the secret world of codes, the greatest unsolved maths puzzles and the answers to questions such as why do boomerangs fly?

Tony Mann, Director of the Greenwich Maths Centre, says "We are delighted to be hosting the event. It is a two-day 'maths feast', demonstrating the variety of applications of the subject and the diversity of the people who do mathematics.

"My favourite event is the opportunity for visitors to walk on custard with university mathematicians, led by Tim Reis. Maths helps us understand how this is possible: although custard is liquid, under pressure it behaves like a solid."

Tony, an award-winning National Teaching Fellow, adds: "We are expecting up to 2,000 visitors, many of them school students. We are lucky to have attracted outstanding speakers and presenters, and it will be a wonderful two days".

All activities will take place on the Greenwich Campus, in Queen Anne Court.

The university's Department of Mathematical Science will be presenting the festival, in association with the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

For more information on Greenwich Maths Time, and to book activities: https://www.gre.ac.uk/ach/events/greenwichmathstime/events

To find out more about studying Maths, part of the university's Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities: http://www.gre.ac.uk/ach/study/maths

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Picture: Walking on custard.