27th April 2016
We are delighted that one of our colleagues, Jason Taylor, was runner-up in the National ‘FameLab’ competition. Jason won through two rounds of the competition before entering the Grand Final at UCL’s Greenwood Theatre, London. In the regional heat Jason used his 3 minutes to bring to life the evidence of the 9th planet in our solar system, in the Regional Final Jason challenged the audience to remember 5 words as he gave a crash course on the fallibility of the human memory. The judges awarded Jason the runner-up spot and so he entered the Grand Final in London and in his own words “relied on even more gratuitous hand-waving to take the audience on a whistle-stop tour of the game theory behind rock-paper-scissors, and how it crops up in the evolution of cooperative behaviour”.
When the judging panel cast their votes Jason was once again runner-up, behind the same singing maths teacher who triumphed at the Oxford final whose dulcet tones and witty lyrics conveyed the simple maths of three-dimensional space so well.
Jason found the whole endeavour to be enjoyable with a wealth of learning to be had along the way, from the masterclasses and workshops, to previous years’ performers and their own magical takes on everyday topics. And he commented “it’s certainly not my last foray into the SciComm world; you can even come along and watch me (and my musical mathematical nemesis) at the Cabaret of the Elements at the Oxford Glee Club on July 1st, or at the Punk Science comedy show at the Science Museum in London at the end of August, amongst others.”
Picture courtesy of Rowena Fletcher-Wood, Science Oxford