Get ready for the Games: Maths and sport at the Science Museum

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Can you out run Bolt? Image: Jmex60.

What can you do to out sprint Usain Bolt to the taxi rank? Was he unlucky to lose at the Jamaican trials or is Yohan Blake really faster? Get in training for a summer of sport with a talk from John D. Barrow at the Science Museum tomorrow, 25th July. The talk is part of an evening dedicated to science and sport, part of the Science Museum Lates series. You'll also be able to test out the devices helping to keep athletes' bones in top condition, from hand-held scanners to vibrating platforms, and be part of the Science Museum sports day with a variety of thrilling events. The evening starts at 6:45pm and finishes at 10:00pm and all events are free. See the Science Museum website for more information.

John D. Barrow is the director of the Millennium Mathematics Project, of which Plus is a part, and he regularly writes for Plus, often on maths and sport. You can see all his articles here. Also, don't forget our sister site Maths and sport: Countdown to the Games and our teacher package on maths and sport.

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