# Past lectures

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...

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

In the 8th century Alcuin of York described the wolf, goat and cabbage problem - so did Lewis Carroll over 1000 years later. This...

WE ALL HAVE OUR PROBLEMS Mathematicians can be divided into theory-builders and problem-solvers. In these lectures, we look at some...

The First World War was the first time that war was fought in the air. Aircraft technology was in its infancy and mathematicians not...

How did numbers arise? How were they written down? What does it mean to say that numbers are rational, complex, or transcendental? What...

From the writers of Mesopotamian tablets, via treachery in 16th-century Italy, to a famous duel fought in Paris, the history of algebra...