New College Mathematics professor, Marcus du Sautoy was beaten at the semi-finals of the international rock-paper-scissors tournament in Philadelphia last Thursday.

Du Sautoy, adopted the nom de guerre “The Professor” and used the decimal expansion of pi to inform his decision of whether to use rock, paper or scissors.

Du Sautoy used this method to illustrate “how humans are really pattern searchers at heart”. He stated that the contestants who did well in the tournament were the ones who were able to “spot patterns in the people they are playing”

Du Sautoy’s participation was filmed by the BBC and will be used in his new series entitled “The Code”