# Past lectures

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...

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

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

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

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