# Past lectures

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

James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) was one of the most important mathematical physicists of all time, after only Newton and Einstein....

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...

Why are there so many different scoring systems in operation in sport? We look at how structuring matches into a series of sets affects...

What can maths tells us about the best way to rig a rowing eight? Does a cox help or hinder a racing boat? How does the speed of a kayak...

A lecture to mark the publication of Professor Barrow's latest book, *100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't...*

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...