Assignment: Great Mathematicians

Create a short film about a famous mathematician. Tell the story of their life, and explain why their work is important.


Suggested techniques

You can do this using an on-screen presenter, or completely with voice-over, or even have the author narrate their own life. You could interview the author in the style of a chat show.

Intersperse the presentation with still images and video if appropriate. Create diagrams to illustrate theories if necessary.

You could do this as a studio presentation or lecture, and display the images on a screen behind the presenter, or else you can make the images go full-screen.

Add extra content on-screen by using text to complement what you're saying.

Add appropriate background music to create atmosphere, and ensure you have a striking title sequence.

For teachers: benefits to students

  • Students get the opportunity to talk about mathematical concepts and theories in an interesting way.
  • It gives students a perspective on history in mathematics, and helps them put things into a different context.
  • Adding multimedia content enables the student to approach the subject in a richer way than just using written text and still images.
  • Finding or creating images and music to enhance the presentation requires detailed research.
  • Providing narration builds confidence in speaking without needing to do it in front of an audience or camera.
  • Creating a multimedia presentation helps develop presentational skills and requires the student to consider what information is best presented using the different media: spoken, written, or visual.


  • Ages 14+
  • Suitable for solo work
  • Mathematics, History

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