# Past lectures

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

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

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

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...

250 years ago Daniel Bernoulli used mathematics and statistics to try to weigh the risks and benefits of inoculation against smallpox....

How does maths shed light on the fixing of horse races? Why disabling the favourite is the best strategy to ensure a winning return. We...

Hanging chains and shapes of suspension bridges. The designs of some of the world's greatest bridges. The shapes of arches and domes....

Some mathematics of straight lines. Why are electricity pylons made of triangular patterns of struts? Rigid shapes and flexible shapes....

The difference between series that are finite and infinite. Simple proofs by pictures. The ubiquity of the harmonic series. The Painter'...

The 16th-century instruments in the Museum of the History of Science in Florence provide one of the most attractive records of...

The maths of surfaces and boundaries. Queen Dido's problem. The importance of shape. Examples from the natural world where it pays to...

An overview of different types of mathematics and its applications. What is mathematics and why does it 'work'? A look at the way...