Marcus du Sautoy is the Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. Named by the Independent on Sunday as one of the UK’s leading scientists, some of his most fascinating speaking topics include The secret of the winning streak; The Story of Maths and Why Beckham Chose the 23 Shirt. Marcus du Sautoy writes for the Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and the Guardian and is frequently asked for comment on BBC radio and television. He has a regular column in the Times called Sexy Maths. His presentations on mathematics, which include “Why Beckham chose the 23 shirt”, have played to a wide range of audiences: from theatre directors to bankers, from diplomats to prison inmates.