Ambassador sells maths to masses
Tuesday, 27th January, 2015
By Emily Roberts
A love of mathematics gave Dr Clio Cresswell the desire to show others how enjoyable it can be.
And Broken Hill’s Australia Day ambassador certainly had everyone captivated yesterday.
The mathematician, author, and presenter is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney.
She is also the celebrated author of ‘Mathematics and Sex’.
During her address at the Australia Day ceremony, she told everyone how maths can be used in everyday life, even in relationships.
Dr Cresswell said she was also looking forward to the workshop that afternoon.
“I have no idea what will be asked, but I’m hoping it will be relaxed,” she said.
“Being the author of Maths and Sex, it’s important to realise that maths is everywhere.
“You don’t have to love it but you can see where it goes and it is used everywhere.
“It’s not such an alien topic as some may think.”
Dr Cresswell has been an Australia Day ambassador since 2001 and this was her first visit to Broken Hill.
“I tell the organisers that I’m happy to be sent anywhere that will have a mathematician.
“I was excited to come to Broken Hill, especially due to the recent Heritage Listing - and now I get it.”
Dr Cresswell said the broad range of ambassadors represented the diversity Australian society.
“It’s really good to be an ambassador - you can’t just have actors or sportspeople,” she said.
“I like that the Australia Day Council has broadened the catchment.
“I hope I can bring some laughter and sunshine to maths.”