# Past lectures

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Chief Scientific Adviser is the head of Home Office Science, which provides scientific advice and support to the whole range of the...