The Secrets of Mathematics

The Secrets of Mathematics

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A series of talks and lectures from Oxford Mathematicians exploring the power and beauty of their subject. These talks would appeal to anyone interested in mathematics and its ever-growing range of applications from medicine to economics and beyond.


Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture: Squirrels, Turing and Excitability - Mathematical Modelling in Biology, Ecology and Medicine
Jun 8 • 65 min
The Grey Squirrel invasion explaining tumour cell proliferation? Alan Turing explaining football shirt patterns? The close relationship between slugs and the human heart? What is the common link? Mathematics of course. And Philip Maini. Oxford Mathematics…
Oxford Mathematics 2nd Year Student Lecture - Number Theory: Primitive Roots
May 27 • 19 min
In this, the second online lecture we are making widely available, Ben Green introduces and delivers a short lecture on Primitive Roots, part of the Number Theory Lecture course for Second Year Undergraduates. We are making these lectures available (there…
Oxford Mathematics 2nd Year Student Lecture - Graph Theory: Shortest Paths
May 27 • 46 min
Oxford has gone online for lockdown. So how do our student lectures look? Let Marc Lackenby show you as he looks at paths between vertices in a graph with a view to finding the shortest route between any two vertices. Works for your Satnav for example. We…
Smartphones v COVID 19
May 19 • 53 min
Smartphones will help save lives. Smartphones’ value is exaggerated. What is the reality? And, as ever, what is the Maths behind it all? Leading Network Scientist Renaud Lambiotte downloads the facts in this Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture.
How do mathematicians model infectious disease outbreaks?
Apr 15 • 64 min
Models. They are dominating our Lockdown lives. But what is a mathematical model? We hear a lot about the end result, but how is it put together? What are the assumptions? And how accurate can they be? In our first online only lecture Robin Thompson,…
Oxford Mathematics 2nd Year Student Lecture - Differential Equations 2
Apr 9 • 47 min
Oxford Mathematician Peter Howell starts the second part of the 2nd year Differential Equations course which focuses on boundary problems. This lecture follows on from the lecture series last term - the first lecture of that series can be seen here.…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture: Alan Champneys - Why pedestrian bridges wobble: Synchronisation and the wisdom of the crowd
Mar 31 • 59 min
So much noise, so many opinions. Perhaps time for Occam’s Razor to start its scientific shaving? In this latest Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture Alan Champneys argues that Mathematics is at its best when it challenges assumptions. For example the…
Oxford Mathematics 3rd Year Student Lecture - Mathematical Models of Financial Derivatives
Mar 2 • 49 min
Our latest student lecture features the first lecture in the third year course on Mathematical Models of Financial Derivatives from Sam Cohen where we hear that the role of derivatives is not to make money but to avoid being exploited. We are making these…
Oxford Mathematics 1st Year Student Lecture - Linear Algebra II
Mar 2 • 53 min
Our latest student lecture features the first lecture in the second term introductory course on Linear Algebra from leading Oxford Mathematician James Maynard. We are making these lectures available to give an insight in to the student experience and how…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture: Ian Griffiths - Cheerios, iPhones and Dysons: going backwards in time with fluid mechanics
Feb 26 • 37 min
How do you make a star-shaped Cheerio? How do they make the glass on your smartphone screen so flat? And how can you make a vacuum filter that removes the most dust before it blocks? All of these challenges fall under the umbrella of industrial…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures - Carlo Rovelli - Spin networks: the quantum structure of spacetime from Penrose’s intuition to Loop Quantum Gravity
Jan 16 • 44 min
Carlo Rovelli delivers The Roger Penrose Lecture on the Quantum structure of Spacetime. In developing the mathematical description of quantum spacetime, Loop Quantum Gravity stumbled upon a curious mathematical structure: graphs labelled by spins. This…
Oxford Mathematics Christmas Public Lecture: Chris Budd - Why does Rudolf have a shiny nose?
Dec 19, 2019 • 55 min
From the unfairness of voting on TV shows to how Santa gets down so many narrow chimneys. Chris Budd take a mathematical look at the traditions of Christmas. Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.
Jon Chapman - Waves and resonance: from musical instruments to vacuum cleaners, via metamaterials and invisibility cloaks
Dec 2, 2019 • 44 min
Via guitars, clarinets and a musical saw to the noise reduction in a vaccum cleaner, Jon Chapman explains the role of waves in the sounds we hear and don’t hear. Jon Chapman is Professor of Mathematics and Its Applications in the University of Oxford.…
Oxford Mathematics 2nd Year Student Lecture - Quantum Theory
Dec 2, 2019 • 52 min
Our latest student lecture is the first in the Quantum Theory course for second year students. Fernando Alday reflects on the breakdown of the deterministic world and describes some of the experiments that defined the new Quantum Reality. This is the…
Oxford Mathematics London Public Lecture: Timothy Gowers - Productive generalization: one reason we will never run out of interesting mathematical questions
Nov 27, 2019 • 88 min
In our Oxford Mathematics London Public Lecture Tim Gowers uses the principle of generalization to show how mathematics progresses in its relentless pursuit of problems. After the lecture in a fascinating Q&A with Hannah Fry, Tim discusses how he…
Oxford Mathematics Newcastle Public Lecture: Vicky Neale - in Maths
Nov 27, 2019 • 44 min
Mathematics has no place for emotion, its practitioners are positively unemotional. True? Well, no. In fact 10 out of 10 untrue. Mathematics and mathematicians are also on the emotional rollercoaster. Vicky Neale is one of them. The Oxford Mathematics…
Oxford Mathematics 2nd Year Student Lecture - Differential Equations 1
Nov 4, 2019 • 51 min
We continue with our series of Student Lectures with this first lecture in the 2nd year Course on Differential Equations. Professor Philip Maini begins with a recap of the previous year’s work before moving on to give examples of ordinary differential…
Oxford Mathematics 1st year Student Lecture - Introductory Calculus
Nov 4, 2019 • 58 min
In our latest student lecture we would like to give you a taste of the Oxford Mathematics Student experience as it begins in its very first week. In this lecture in the Introductory Calculus course Dan Ciubotaru summarises how the course works and what we…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: David Sumpter - Soccermatics: could a Premier League team one day be managed by a mathematician?
Nov 4, 2019 • 43 min
What do you need to win the Premier League? Money? Sure. Good players? Yup. A great manager? It helps. Mathematics? Really? 100%. Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.
Oxford Mathematics Open Days Part 3. Applied Mathematics at Oxford
Jul 10, 2019 • 28 min
Our Open Days are intended to give an insight in to Maths at Oxford, whether you are a potential applicant or are just curious. In this talk about the Applied Maths that our undergraduates study at Oxford, Dominic Vella uses everyday examples to explain…
Oxford Mathematics Open Days Part 2. Pure Mathematics at Oxford
Jul 10, 2019 • 27 min
In this talk Vicky Neale gives a glimpse of the undergraduate Pure Maths courses through the lens of elliptic curves. Our Open Days are intended to give an insight in to Maths at Oxford, whether you are a potential applicant or are just curious.
Oxford Mathematics Open Days Part 1. Introduction to Mathematics
Jul 10, 2019 • 27 min
In this talk, Admissions Guru James Munro explains how we teach, how you can apply and what your Oxford mathematical life might be like. Our Open Days are intended to give an insight in to Maths at Oxford, whether you are a potential applicant or are just…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: John Bush - Walking on water: from biolocomotion to quantum foundations
Jun 28, 2019 • 53 min
In this Public Lecture, which contains more technical content than our norm, John Bush presents seemingly disparate topics which are in fact united by a common theme and underlaid by a common mathematical framework. First there is the natural world where…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: Marcus du Sautoy - The Creativity Code: how AI is learning to write, paint and think
Jun 3, 2019 • 62 min
In this fascinating and provocative lecture, Marcus du Sautoy both tests our ability to distinguish between human and machine creativity, and suggests that our creativity may even benefit from that of the machines. The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: Graham Farmelo - The Universe Speaks in Numbers
May 21, 2019 • 63 min
An old-fashioned tale of tale of romance and estrangement, of hope and despair. Graham Farmelo’s Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture charts the 350 year relationship between Mathematics and Physics and its prospects for the future. Might things be less…
Oxford Mathematics 1st Year Student Lecture: Analysis III - Integration
May 9, 2019 • 54 min
The third in our popular series of filmed student lectures takes us to Integration. This is the opening lecture in the 1st Year course. Ben Green both links the course to the mathematics our students have already learnt at school and develops that…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: Marc Lackenby - Knotty Problems
Mar 20, 2019 • 51 min
Knots are a familiar part of everyday life, for example tying your tie or doing up your shoe laces. They play a role in numerous physical and biological phenomena, such as the untangling of DNA when it replicates. However, knot theory is also a…
Oxford Mathematics First Year Student Tutorial on Dynamics
Feb 22, 2019 • 64 min
The Oxford Mathematics educational experience is a journey, a journey like any other educational experience. It builds on what you learn at school. It is not unfamiliar and we don’t want it too invisible. But it has aspects that are different. One of…
Oxford Mathematics 1st Year Undergraduate Lecture James Sparks - Dynamics
Feb 15, 2019 • 50 min
For the first time ever, Oxford Mathematics has live streamed a student lecture. It took 800 years but now you can see what it is really like. We hope you find it familiar and intriguing and challenging. James Sparks is Professor of Mathematical Physics…
James Maynard - Prime Time: How simple questions about prime numbers affect us all
Feb 15, 2019 • 45 min
Prime Numbers are fascinating, crucial and ubiquitous. The trouble is, we don’t know that much about them. James Maynard, one of the leading researchers in the field explains all (at least as far as he can). Oxford Research Professor James Maynard is one…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: Hooke Lecture - Michael Berry - Chasing the dragon: tidal bores in the UK and elsewhere
Jan 28, 2019 • 52 min
In some of the world’s rivers, an incoming high tide can arrive as a smooth jump decorated by undulations, or as a breaking wave. The river reverses direction and flows upstream. In this lecture Michael Berry explains tidal bores via analogies with…
Oxford Mathematics Student Lectures: An Introduction to Complex Numbers - Vicky Neale
Jan 22, 2019 • 50 min
Much is written about life as an undergraduate at Oxford but what is it really like? As Oxford Mathematics’s new first-year students arrive (273 of them, comprising 33 nationalities) we thought we would take the opportunity to go behind the scenes and…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: Marcus du Sautoy - The Num8er My5teries
Jan 14, 2019 • 58 min
With topics ranging from prime numbers to the lottery, from lemmings to bending balls like Beckham, Professor Marcus du Sautoy provides an entertaining and, perhaps, unexpected approach to explain how mathematics can be used to predict the future. We are…
Can we build AI with Emotional Intelligence? The 2018 Annual Charles Simonyi Lecture
Nov 9, 2018 • 54 min
Marcus du Sautoy and Professor Rosalind Picard for 2018’s annual Simonyi Lecture: Can we build AI with Emotional Intelligence? Today’s AI can play games, drive cars, even do our jobs for us. But surely our human emotional world is beyond the limits of…
Roger Penrose in conversation with Hannah Fry - Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures
Nov 6, 2018 • 81 min
In our Oxford Mathematics London Public Lecture Roger Penrose in conversation with Hannah Fry reveals his latest research, a veritable chain reaction of universes, which he says has been backed by evidence of events that took place before the Big Bang.…
Oxford Mathematics and the Clay Mathematics Institute Public Lectures: Roger Penrose - Eschermatics
Oct 1, 2018 • 70 min
In this lecture Roger Penrose uses M.C Escher’s work to illustrate and explain important mathematical ideas and their connections to the visual arts. Roger Penrose’s work has ranged across many aspects of mathematics and its applications from his…
John Ball in conversation with Alain Goriely
Jul 27, 2018 • 68 min
John Ball is retiring as Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy, Oxford oldest Scientific Chair. In this interview he charts the journey of the Applied Mathematician.as the subject has developed over the last 50 years. Describing his struggles with…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures - Richard James - Atomistically inspired origami
Jul 6, 2018 • 58 min
The World population is growing at about 80 million per year. As time goes by, there is necessarily less space per person. Perhaps this is why the scientific community seems to be obsessed with folding things. In this lecture Dick James presents a…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures - Numbers are Serious but they are also Fun - Michael Atiyah
May 23, 2018 • 59 min
Archimedes, who famously jumped out of his bath shouting “Eureka”, also ‘invented’ the number pi. Euler invented e and had fun with his formula e^(2 pi i) = 1. The world is full of important numbers waiting to be invented. Why not have a go? Michael…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures - Can Mathematics Understand the Brain?’ - Alain Goriely
Mar 16, 2018 • 54 min
The human brain is the object of the ultimate intellectual egocentrism. It is also a source of endless scientific problems and an organ of such complexity that it is not clear that a mathematical approach is even possible, despite many attempts. In this…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures - Euler’s pioneering equation: “the most beautiful theorem in mathematics” - Robin Wilson
Mar 7, 2018 • 63 min
Euler’s equation, the ‘most beautiful equation in mathematics’, startlingly connects the five most important constants in the subject: 1, 0, π, e and i. Central to both mathematics and physics. So what is this equation – and why is it pioneering? Robin…
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures - Scaling the Maths of Life - Michael Bonsall
Feb 12, 2018 • 61 min
Michael Bonsall explores how we can use mathematics to link between scales of organisation in biology, delving in to developmental biology, ecology and neurosciences. The lecture is illustrated and explored with real life examples, simple games and, of…
Can Yule Solve My Problems? - Alex Bellos
Dec 13, 2017 • 48 min
In our Oxford Mathematics Christmas Lecture Alex Bellos challenges you with some festive brainteasers as he tells the story of mathematical puzzles from the middle ages to modern day. Alex is the Guardian’s puzzle blogger as well as the author of several…
Oxford Mathematics London Public Lecture - Andrew Wiles
Dec 6, 2017 • 68 min
In the first Oxford Mathematics London Public Lecture, in partnership with the Science Museum, world-renowned mathematician Andrew Wiles lectured on his current work around Elliptic Curves followed by conversation with Hannah Fry. In a fascinating…
The Seduction of Curves: The Lines of Beauty That Connect Mathematics, Art and The Nude - Allan McRobie
Nov 16, 2017 • 46 min
Allan McRobie explains how the key to understanding the language of curves is Rene Thom’s Catastrophe Theory, and how remarkably the best place to learn that language is perhaps in the life drawing class. There is a deep connection between the stability…
Maths v Disease - Julia Gog
Nov 13, 2017 • 56 min
Can mathematics really help us in our fight against infectious disease? Join Julia Gog as we explore exciting current research areas where mathematics is being used to study pandemics, viruses and everything in between. Julia Gog is Professor of…
Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers - Vicky Neale
Oct 24, 2017 • 44 min
Prime numbers have intrigued, inspired and infuriated mathematicians for millennia and yet mathematicians’ difficulty with answering simple questions about them reveals their depth and subtlety. Join Vicky to learn about recent progress towards proving…
The Law of the Few - Sanjeev Goyal
Jul 4, 2017 • 59 min
The study of networks offers a fruitful approach to understanding human behaviour. Sanjeev Goyal is one of its pioneers. In this lecture Sanjeev presents a puzzle: In social communities, the vast majority of individuals get their information from a very…
The Sound of Symmetry - Marcus du Sautoy
May 24, 2017 • 46 min
Symmetry has played a role both for composers and in the creation of musical instruments. Marcus shows how composers have used this symmetry and demonstrates how Ernst Chladni revealed extraordinary symmetrical shapes in the vibrations of a metal Plate.…
The Butterfly Effect - What Does it Really Signify? - Tim Palmer
May 18, 2017 • 61 min
Tim Palmer discusses Ed Lorenz the man and his work, and compares and contrasts the meaning of the ‘Butterfly Effect’ as most people understand it today, and as Lorenz himself intended it to mean. Meteorologist Ed Lorenz was one of the founding fathers of…
Statistics: Why the Truth Matters - Tim Harford
Feb 14, 2017 • 57 min
Tim Harford, Financial Times columnist and presenter of Radio 4’s “More or Less”, argues that politicians, businesses and even charities have been poisoning the value of statistics and data. From the tobacco companies in the fifties to the arguments of…
The Mathematics of Visual Illusions - Ian Stewart
Jan 5, 2017 • 49 min
Puzzling things happen in human perception when ambiguous or incomplete information is presented to the eyes. In this lecture Ian Stewart demonstrates how these phenomena provide clues about the workings of the visual system. For example, illusions, or…
How can we understand our complex economy? - J. Doyne Farmer
Nov 10, 2016 • 66 min
We are getting better at predicting things about our environment - the impact of climate change for example. But what about predicting our collective effect on ourselves? We can predict the small things, but we fail miserably when it comes to many of the…
Autism and Minds Wired for Science
Oct 31, 2016 • 62 min
Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Cambridge, and Director of the Autism Research Centre, gives the 2016 Charles Simonyi Lecture on new research into autism.
As he retires from the the Savilian Chair of Geometry, Oxford Mathematician Nigel Hitchin reflects
Oct 19, 2016 • 67 min
From early mathematical inspiration at school in Duffield, Derbyshire, Nigel recalls his often unplanned progress via Jesus College, Oxford, Princeton, Cambridge and Warwick, before his final return to Oxford. Along the way such luminaries as Michael…
Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe - Roger Penrose
Oct 19, 2016 • 61 min
What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, scientists are immune to trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? In this lecture, based on his new book, Roger will…
Roger Heath-Brown a Life in Mathematics
Sep 17, 2016 • 37 min
Roger Heath-Brown is one of Oxford’s foremost mathematicians. In this interview with fellow Oxford Mathematician Ben Green, Roger reflects on his influences, his achievements and the pleasures that the subject of mathematics has given him. Roger…
Modelling genes: the backwards and forwards of mathematical population genetics - Alison Etheridge
Jul 6, 2016 • 53 min
In this lecture Professor Alison Etheridge explores some of the simple mathematical caricatures that underpin our understanding of modern genetic data. How can we explain the patterns of genetic variation in the world around us? The genetic composition of…
What We Cannot Know - Marcus du Sautoy
May 16, 2016 • 55 min
Science is giving us unprecedented insight into the big questions that have challenged humanity. Where did we come from? What is the ultimate destiny of the universe? What are the building blocks of the physical world? What is consciousness? ‘What We…
The Travelling Santa Problem and Other Seasonal Challenges - Marcus du Sautoy
Dec 18, 2015 • 57 min
The Oxford Mathematics Christmas Public Lecture 2015 examined an aspect of Christmas not often considered: the mathematics. Delivered by Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science. The Oxford Mathematics Christmas Lecture…
Symmetry, Spaces and Undecidability - Martin Bridson
Dec 7, 2015 • 61 min
The understanding of the possible geometries in dimension 3 is one of the triumphs of 20th century mathematics. In this talk Martin Bridson explains why such an understanding is impossible in higher dimensions. When one wants to describe the symmetries of…
Putting the Higgs Boson in its Place
Nov 16, 2015 • 51 min
Professor Melissa Franklin talks about her experiences working towards the discovery of the Higgs Boson and her work today at the Large Hadron Collider This entertaining lecture by experimental particle physicist, Professor Melissa Franklin (the first…
M. C. Escher - Artist, Mathematician, Man
Oct 28, 2015 • 71 min
M.C. Escher is known as the mathematician’s (and hippie’s) favourite artist. But why? And was Escher, a man who claimed he knew no mathematics, really a mathematical genius? In this lecture Roger Penrose and Jon Chapman not only show why Escher has won…
The Gomboc, the Turtle and the Evolution of Shape - Gabor Domokos
Jul 1, 2015 • 51 min
Gabor Domokos gives a talk on his mathematical journey that led to the creation of the Gomboc, the shape which has just one stable and one unstable point of equilibrium. In 1995, Russian mathematician V.I. Arnold conjectured that convex, homogeneous…
Birth of an Idea: A Mathematical Adventure - Cedric Villani
Mar 12, 2015 • 57 min
What goes on inside the mind of a mathematician? Where does inspiration come from? Cedric Villani, winner of the most prestigious prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal, explains the process. Inaugural Titchmarsh Lecture 2015. Creative Commons…
Why climate change action is difficult and how we can make a difference - David MacKay
Dec 4, 2014 • 60 min
2014 Charles Simonyi Lecture with David MacKay. David discusses how the laws of physics constrain our energy options, and describes what happened when his reflections on energy arithmetic propelled him into a senior civil service role.
Forbidden Crystal Symmetry: Mathematics and architecture - Roger Penrose
Dec 4, 2014 • 55 min
World-renowned mathematician Sir Roger Penrose, Oxford University, describes how crystalline symmetries are necessarily 2-fold, 3-fold, 4-fold, or 6-fold.
What Maths Really Does: From modelling the brain to modelling the climate - Alain Goriely
Dec 4, 2014 • 58 min
How has mathematics emerged over recent decades as the engine behind 21st century science? Alain Goriely looks at this question and more.
The History of Mathematics in 300 Stamps - Robin Wilson
Dec 3, 2014 • 56 min
The entire history of mathematics in one hour, as illustrated by around 300 postage stamps featuring mathematics and mathematicians from across the world. From Euclid to Euler, from Pythagoras to Poincare, and from Fibonacci to the Fields Medals, all are…
Big Data’s Big Deal - Viktor Mayer-Schonberger
Nov 20, 2014 • 44 min
Big Data promises to change all sectors of our economy, and deeply affect our society. But beyond the current hype, what are Big Data’s salient qualities, and do they warrant the high hopes? These are some of the questions that this talk addresses.…
Love and Math
Jul 12, 2014 • 58 min
A public lecture given by Edward Frenkel, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, talking around his best-selling book “Love and Math” followed by a conversation with Marcus du Sautoy and Q&A. “Love and Math” tells two intertwined…
Extra Time: Professor Sir Roger Penrose in conversation with Andrew Hodges - part one
Jun 18, 2014 • 51 min
These two video sessions explore the development of Sir Roger Penrose’s thought over more than 60 years, ending with his most recent theories and predictions. In the first session, Roger Penrose explains the impact of his time at Cambridge in the 1950s.…
Extra Time: Professor Sir Roger Penrose in conversation with Andrew Hodges - part two
Jun 18, 2014 • 42 min
These two video sessions explore the development of Sir Roger Penrose’s thought over more than 60 years, ending with his most recent theories and predictions. In the second session, the emphasis shifts to the recent developments in Roger Penrose’s…
Sir Michael Atiyah, a Life in Mathematics
May 12, 2014 • 32 min
In conversation with Paul Tod on the occasion of Sir Michael’s 85th birthday conference. A portrait of the contribution that Sir Michael Atiyah has made to mathematics over his career together with his recollections of formative people and events.…
James D Murray, reflections of a life in academia, in conversation with Phillip Maini
Apr 2, 2014 • 55 min
Jim Murray is one of the leading mathematical biologists of our times. In this wide-ranging interview Jim talks about his career, the range of his work, his successes and failures and his hopes and expectations for the future of mathematical biology.…
Why there are no three-headed monsters, resolving some problems with brain tumours, divorce prediction and how to save marriages - James D Murray
Mar 21, 2014 • 79 min
Professor James D Murray, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford and Senior Scholar, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University, gives the annual Hooke Lecture. Understanding the generation and control of pattern…
Bryce McLeod, a Life in Mathematics In conversation with John Ball
Mar 11, 2014 • 60 min
A portrait of the contribution that Bryce McLeod has made to mathematics over his career together with his recollections of formative people and events. Interview by Professor Sir John Ball FRS, FRSE , Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy.
Partial Differential Equations: Origins, Developments and Roles in the Changing World - Gui-Qiang George Chen
Jan 15, 2014 • 52 min
Professor Gui-Qiang G. Chen presents in his inaugural lecture several examples to illustrate the origins, developments, and roles of partial differential equations in our changing world. While calculus is a mathematical theory concerned with change,…
Prime Numbers - Richard Earl
Jan 15, 2014 • 47 min
Dr Richard Earl of the Mathematical Institute, Oxford presents a talk about prime numbers. What they are and their role in internet security.
Computation and the Future of Mathematics - Stephen Wolfram
Jan 15, 2014 • 51 min
Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha, gives a talk about the future of mathematics and computation.
The Irrational, the chaotic and incomplete: the mathematical limits of knowledge - Marcus du Sautoy
Jan 15, 2014 • 89 min
Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk about how much we can understand of the world through maths
The Secret Mathematicians: the connections between maths and the arts - Marcus du Sautoy
Jan 15, 2014 • 94 min
Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk about the connections beween art and mathematics
Symmetry: a talk based on his second book, Finding Moonshine - Marcus du Sautoy
Jan 14, 2014 • 96 min
Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk about symmetry and how the rules of symmetry influences our lives and the choices we make.
The Music of the Primes: a talk about the Riemann Hypothesis and primes - Marcus du Sautoy
Jan 14, 2014 • 69 min
Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk on 5th September 2013.
Maths in Music: The Secret Mathematicians - Marcus du Sautoy
Jan 14, 2014 • 51 min
Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk for the 2013 Oxford Alumni Weekend. From composers to painters, writers to choreographers, the mathematician’s…