Rob Eastaway

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Rob Eastaway is an English author who is active in the popularisation of mathematics and was awarded the Zeeman medal [1]in 2017 for excellence in the promotion of maths. He is best known for his books, including the bestselling Why Do Buses Come in Threes? and Maths for Mums and Dads. His first book What is a Googly?, an explanation of cricket for Americans and other newcomers to the game, was presented as a gift by Prime Minister John Major to President George Bush at Camp David in 1992.

Eastaway is a keen cricket player and was one of the originators of the International Rankings of Cricketers.[2] He is also a former puzzle-writer for New Scientist magazine and he has appeared frequently on BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live.

He is the director of Maths Inspiration, a national programme of maths lectures for teenagers which involves some of the UK’s leading maths speakers. He was president of the UK Mathematical Association for 2007/2008.[3] He is a former pupil of The King's School, Chester, and has a degree in engineering and management science from the University of Cambridge.[2]


  • 1992: What is a Googly?
  • 1995: The Guinness Book of Mindbenders, co-author David Wells
  • 1998: Why do Buses Come in Threes?, co-author Jeremy Wyndham, foreword by Tim Rice
  • 1999: The Memory Kit
  • 2002: How Long is a Piece of String?, co-author Jeremy Wyndham
  • 2003: Mindbenders and Brainteasers, co-author David Wells
  • 2004: How to Remember
  • 2005: How to Take a Penalty, co-author John Haigh[4]
  • 2007: How to Remember (Almost) Everything Ever
  • 2007: Beating the Odds (paperback of How to Take a Penalty)
  • 2007: Out of the Box
  • 2008: How Many Socks Make a Pair?
  • 2009: Improve Your Memory Today, with Dr Hilary Jones
  • 2010: Maths for Mums and Dads, co-author Mike Askew
  • 2011: The Hidden Mathematics of Sport (new edition of Beating the Odds)
  • 2013: More Maths for Mums and Dads, co-author Mike Askew
  • 2016: Maths on the Go, co-author Mike Askew
  • 2017: Any ideas? Tips and Techniques to Help You Think Creatively


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