# Past lectures

Throwing things, and jumping up and down or along, lies at the root of many Olympic events. In the gymnasium, the velodrome, and the...

We examine the striking patterns between world record performances in different sports and ask what events an ambitious nation should...

Top athletes seem to get bigger and bigger. How does size affect performance? Why do some sports have weight categories while others don...

How can Usain Bolt improve his world 100 metres sprint record significantly without improving his speed? How fast should he be able to...

Évariste Galois was born 200 years ago and died aged 20, shot in a mysterious early-morning duel in 1832. He left contributions to the...

A lecture to mark the publication of Robin Wilson and Raymond Flood's new book. Mathematics pervades our daily lives. Our...

What are the limits of proof, and what follows? – A timely look at the life and mathematical work of Alan Turing. As we approach...

Proofs are important not just for developing critical reasoning, and...

Imagine that interstellar trade is possible at speeds close to the speed of light. It must incorporate the insights of Einstein's...

The first digits of randomly chosen numbers arising naturally or in human affairs display surprising statistical regularities. We will...

Is there anything mathematically interesting about the paper sizes we use? We will see that their range of sizes has special features...

The commercially available 'Superball' of hard rough rubber displays many counterintuitive properties which seem to violate Newton's...