The 60-second Interview

Getting to know…Philipp Legner, CEO and founder of Mathigon

 

Mathigon is an award winning mathematics education platform for students aged 12 to 18. Part textbook and part virtual personal tutor, the platform uses cutting-edge technology and an innovative curriculum to make learning mathematics more fun and  interactive. Rather than just telling students how to solve standardised problems, Mathigon encourages students to actively explore and discover solutions on their own.

Mathigon were part of our second cohort of participants on the EDUCATE programme. We caught up with founder Philip Legner to find out a bit more about him.

 

So come on Philip – What’s so great about maths, anyway?
Our world follows mathematical laws: from the motion of galaxies, to the transmission of phone signals, to weather prediction, or bus timetables. Mathematics is incredibly powerful, surprisingly beautiful, and can reveal profound truths about the underlying patterns.

What excites you about your job?
Finding innovative new ways to get students excited about mathematics. I particularly enjoy reading their emails and messages once they’ve understood a difficult new topic.

With hindsight, what advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
Play more sports and spend more time outside – even if it’s not as exciting as learning about mathematics. Also, buy Apple stocks.

Glastonbury or Glyndebourne?
They’re both still on my bucket list!

You’ve had a spur-of-the-moment invitation to a party – what do you take?
A power bank for my phone – and a bottle of wine.

What do you do when you’re not working?
Running, travelling, hiking and playing the piano.

Where will you be in 5 years’ time?
Still working on Mathigon, but expanded to other subjects, such as physics. economics and geography.

Visit the Mathigon website to find out more.