There's nothing quite like a 'lightbulb moment' when someone suddenly says "Oh! That's easy!" and we both know they understand.
Hi! I'm Colin. I write about maths.
My first published book, Basic Maths For Dummies, came out in August 2011, and is in bookstores across the country and online. I'm also the author of several other maths books in the For Dummies series and a number of e-books aimed at simplifying A-level maths. To learn more about my maths books, click here.
When your kitchen floods, you call a plumber.
When your Large Hadron Collider breaks, you call a quantum mechanic.
And when you have a mathematical crisis, you call me on 07796 430 862.
If it's something I can help with, I'll move heaven and earth to get it put right. If it's something I cannot help with, chances are that I can put you in touch with someone who can.
I'm delighted to talk to media outlets from school newspapers to worldwide conglomerates about any aspect of maths. Give me a call on 07796 430 862 and we'll figure something out.
If you'd like me to write you an article, just email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you'd like me to give a talk, that can also be arranged (depending on my schedule).
I studied Maths with French at the University of St Andrews (I graduated with a 2:1 in 2000) and went on to do a PhD there, which I finished in 2003. I then spent four years as a physics researcher at Montana State University - I studied the structure of magnetic fields around the Sun and how they might store energy for release in solar flares. My main contribution to science was a simple equation that about six people worldwide will ever have a use for, but I can at least say I have an equation named after me.
That was one of the reasons I left - what I was doing wasn't really helping anyone apart from me and my boss. As a maths communicator, I feel like I'm making a genuine, positive difference to people's lives. There's nothing quite like a 'lightbulb moment' when someone suddenly says "Oh! That's easy!" and we both know they understand.
It's also nice to be my own boss.
When I'm not teaching, I'm mainly looking after my children, Bill and Fred.
In what little free time I have left, I play some music - I'm a keen singer/songwriter and am currently trying to learn to play the mandolin. I'm also a reluctant runner (I completed a couple of marathons a few years back... never again!), and I mess about on the computer when I get the chance.