Past lectures

Tuesday 14 May 2013

Mathematics is important to us all.  So it is important to enable young mathematicians, clear-thinking and passionate about their...

Monday 15 April 2013

The idea of a proof as a simple, easily-checked method of establishing truth has undergone modification in the age of computers.  ...

Tuesday 19 March 2013

An area of which 19th century British mathematics could be uniformly proud was applied mathematics where new techniques were used on a...

Monday 4 March 2013

When lives depend on calculations, human error can kill.  From the early days of computing, one problem has been that they...

Thursday 28 February 2013

There are many kinds of pattern in mathematics and many ways to think about them. But when it comes to visual patterns, one viewpoint...

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Not necessarily, for example the average person has fewer than two legs!  This is because some people have fewer than two legs but...

Monday 4 February 2013

Long multiplication, long division and logarithms are, for many, dim-remembered memories, and few now use these skills.  We...

Tuesday 22 January 2013

Carl Friedrich Gauss one of the greatest mathematicians, is said to have claimed: "Mathematics is the queen of the sciences and...

Tuesday 11 December 2012

For 100 years up to the end of the 19th century the study of geometry was completely changed with the development of non-Euclidean...

Thursday 22 November 2012

An exploration of the remarkable consequences of using Boltzmann's 1870s probability theory and cutting-edge 20th Century...

Tuesday 6 November 2012

We are familiar with the formula for solving a quadratic equation where the highest power of the unknown is a square.  The quest...

Tuesday 25 September 2012

In 1734 Bishop Berkeley published a witty and effective attack on the foundations of the calculus as developed by Newton and Leibniz....