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Secondary Magazine - Issue 46: The interview

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The Interview

Name: Andrew Young
About you: I have worked for the National Centre since shortly after its launch in 2006. I have also worked in the investment arm of a high street bank, as well as digitising maps and plans for a major utility company. When I’m not at work, my major pastime is music.
The most recent use of mathematics in your job was...
Putting together work schedules for the Centre’s online magazines – trying to make sure that we have enough time and people for the work involved.
Some mathematics that amazed you is...
The Golden Ratio and Fibonacci Numbers - and how they relate to music.
Why mathematics?
Because it’s everywhere – we all do it even if we don’t realise it.

Your favourite/most significant mathematics-related anecdote is…
The story that appears in Robin Wilson’s book Lewis Carroll in Numberland. Queen Victoria liked Alice in Wonderland so much, that she asked for a copy of Lewis Carroll’s next book to be sent to her as soon as it was published. She duly received a copy of An Elementary Treatise on Determinants
A mathematics joke that makes you laugh is...
Very loosely mathematical…two French cats, un-deux-trois and six-sept-huit, decide to swim the Channel. Which one reached the other side first? Six-sept-huit, of course, because the un-deux-trois cat sank.
Something else that makes you laugh is...
Armstrong and Miller, Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, E F Benson’s Mapp and Lucia books, and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue

Your favourite television programme is…
I enjoy watching David Suchet as Hercule Poirot – his portrayal is very close to the books. I’ve also started watching FlashForward – I’m intrigued to find out why some of the characters can remember their future.
Your favourite ice-cream flavour is...
Dime bar (from Nigella Lawson’s Forever Summer). 
Who inspired you?
Perhaps not a ‘who’ but a ‘what’. Coming to the NCETM as a ‘non-mathematician’, I find that my appreciation of mathematics is always growing, so I suppose I would say some of the materials I work with that I wouldn’t otherwise explore.
If you weren’t doing this job you would…
Be even more involved with music – as long as I didn’t have to do it to pay the bills: that could take some of the pleasure out of it!

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