Past lectures

Thursday 3 November 2011

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...

Wednesday 19 October 2011

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

Tuesday 17 May 2011

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

Thursday 10 March 2011

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

Tuesday 1 March 2011

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

Tuesday 1 February 2011

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

Tuesday 11 January 2011

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

Tuesday 7 December 2010

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

Tuesday 16 November 2010

What are continued fractions?  How can they tell us what is the...

Thursday 4 November 2010

And first, the fair PARABOLA behold, Her timid arms with virgin blush unfold!...

Mathematical poetry may seem an unlikely form of...

Tuesday 5 October 2010

How pictures have been used in mathematics.  The use of...

Tuesday 4 May 2010

Felix Klein, one of the great nineteenth-century geometers, discovered in mathematics an idea prefigured in a Buddhist myth: the heaven...