Past lectures

Tuesday 19 November 2013

One of the most important patterns that a mathematician looks for is whether or not an object has symmetries i.e. is left unchanged or...

Tuesday 22 October 2013

For centuries massive intellectual effort has gone into methods of ensuring secure communication, because of its importance in...

Thursday 10 October 2013

Combinatorial mathematics is concerned with selecting, arranging and counting objects of various kinds. Included under its wide umbrella...

Tuesday 17 September 2013

In 1972 the meteorologist, Edward Lorenz, delivered a lecture with the title Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in...

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...