FOR most people, the mysteries of long division, algebra, and calculus will always remain unsolved.
But one Sheffield student mastered them long ago.
Alex Hague, aged 22, of Crookes, has just won a place at the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in London.
His tutors were so impressed with the work he produced during his undergraduate maths degree at the University of Sheffield they decided to send it to the prestigious academy.
Alex. who gained a first class degree, was then selected to join around 100 other lucky prizewinners picked from universities across the UK.
He will now be able to share his ideas with the subject’s leading lights at conferences and debates up and down the country.
Alex, who is about to embark on a PhD in applied mathematics at the university, said he was excited to meet the maths world’s movers and shakers.
“It feels really great to know that an institution like this wants me as a member,” he said.
Alex first found he had a flair for maths at Rotherham’s Swinton Comprehensive School, now Swinton Community College.
He developed his interest at Sheffield University, where he discovered maths could not only be be used to crunch numbers, but to solve real world problems.
“The prize should really help me with the research I’m doing into how magnetic forces affect gases in the sun,” he said.
Alex now hopes to go into university lecturing and inspire future generations of mathematicians to aim for the same level of success he has achieved.