Past lectures

Tuesday 3 March 2009

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...

Thursday 29 January 2009

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

Monday 12 January 2009

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

Thursday 11 December 2008

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

Thursday 27 November 2008

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

Tuesday 25 November 2008

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

Thursday 9 October 2008

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

Thursday 3 July 2008

Robin Wilson's new book (published by Penguin) is a celebration of one of the nineteenth century's most gifted minds, whose writings...

Wednesday 14 May 2008

400 years of geometry at Gresham College given by Henry Briggs (1561 - 1631) Henry Briggs was the first Gresham Professor of Geometry....

Thursday 1 May 2008

Verbal reasoning alone cannot be used to understand the outcome of the complex interactions that typically comprise biological function...

Wednesday 27 February 2008

In 1900 the German mathematician David Hilbert presented the mathematical community with 23 unsolved problems. What were they, and how...

Wednesday 20 February 2008

On 30 May 1832 a young Frenchman named Évariste Galois lay dying in a field outside...