Past lectures

Tuesday 9 March 2010

Maths can tell us unexpected things about sporting movement and performance. We look at some of the things that we can learn about...

Tuesday 9 February 2010

Simple maths can reveal how energy efficient different forms of transport are. We will look at how to drive as fuel efficiently as...

Tuesday 12 January 2010

Everything we buy, from books to baked beans, has a product code printed on it. More sophisticated check-digit codes exist on official...

Monday 14 December 2009

From the 12-note music of Schoenberg, via the stochastic...

Monday 30 November 2009

Geometers study shapes and how they transform into one other....

Tuesday 24 November 2009

What is the best way to pack? Some examples of different packing strategies will lead us to the best way of packing many things of...

Monday 9 November 2009

This lecture explores various ideas of tuning and temperament from...

Monday 2 November 2009

The reality of the Earth's motion, as proclaimed by Copernicus, quickly proved contentious. Accepted by Kepler, disputed by...

Tuesday 27 October 2009

Simple mathematics revealed how to cut diamonds so as to create the most brilliant effect through the refraction, reflection and...

Tuesday 6 October 2009

Why do tightrope walkers always carry long poles? What is the difference between weight and inertia? We take a look at balance and...

Monday 28 September 2009

One of the reasons why people make mistakes is that the systems they use are badly designed, and this is perhaps nowhere more alarming...

Wednesday 13 May 2009

This event marks the publication of John D Barrow's latest book. 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know answers one...