ALISON is now best known for developing integer linear programming, the basis of efficient computer processing.
"I've always loved numbers, so one of my aims is to try to convey that love to others.
"This feeling is one which I believe anyone can absorb, but I'm aware that many people acquired a fear of numbers when they were young which they have not been able to shake off.
"We should recognise that we are using numbers all the time, to measure temperature or the ingredients to make a cake, to knit a jumper or to check at what date in spring we should plant tomato seedlings.
"Specifically, from the experience of using numbers and listening to how...