Permalink Submitted by Dave Mitchell on November 24, 2016

This conference generated so much laughter - I quickly realised I must lighten up my own talk. Recreational mathematicians have FUN and most are far from the stereotyped image of the shy nerd; extroverts, performers, jokers, musicians, charismatic characters abounded. The arrangement of sitting around and moving between tables (strewn with games and puzzles) rather than listening in seminar-room rows then drinking coffee in "cliques" made it easy for a newcomer like me to meet many other delegates and to feel very much at home. Thanks Alison, Katie, Paul and many others. Alas my attempt to attend Tuesday's Nottingham MathsJam led instead to two hours stuck in a broken-down train; at least I had time to construct and solve this month's MathsJam Shout problems!

## MathsJam Conference

This conference generated so much laughter - I quickly realised I must lighten up my own talk. Recreational mathematicians have FUN and most are far from the stereotyped image of the shy nerd; extroverts, performers, jokers, musicians, charismatic characters abounded. The arrangement of sitting around and moving between tables (strewn with games and puzzles) rather than listening in seminar-room rows then drinking coffee in "cliques" made it easy for a newcomer like me to meet many other delegates and to feel very much at home. Thanks Alison, Katie, Paul and many others. Alas my attempt to attend Tuesday's Nottingham MathsJam led instead to two hours stuck in a broken-down train; at least I had time to construct and solve this month's MathsJam Shout problems!