Past lectures

Wednesday 15 November 2006

What is the Mandelbrot set? how can prime numbers protect your bank balance? and why is mathematics incomplete? More new mathematics...

Wednesday 25 October 2006

What is a number? can you solve a quintic equation? is Euclid true? and is the calculus correct? The 19th century witnessed major...

Wednesday 4 October 2006

What shape is the Earth? how do strings vibrate? can you construct a 65,537-sided polygon? and can you cross the seven bridges of...

Tuesday 2 May 2006

It is often said that mathematics and music go together, but what does this mean? This illustrated lecture features a small choir and...

Wednesday 29 March 2006

Mathematical techinques lie at the heart of modern forensic methods for investigating crime and bringing the criminal to justice. Across...

Wednesday 22 February 2006

Block designs are used in agriculture in connection with the planting of wheat. But earlier they arose in the so-called 'schoolgirls...

Wednesday 1 February 2006

Tree diagrams arise in many contexts, from family trees to chemical molecules, electrical networks, the design of canals and the bracing...

Wednesday 18 January 2006

We are all familiar with patterned wallpaper, but how many regular patterns are there? Can you tile your bathroom floor with square,...

Wednesday 16 November 2005

The development of the calculus brought together two seemingly unrelated problems: how do things change, and how large are they? We...

Wednesday 26 October 2005

With the invention of printing, mathematical writings became widely available for the first time. What influence did this have? We...

Wednesday 5 October 2005

Arabic mathematicians embraced the mathematics of Ancient Greece and India. What did they do, and how did their achievements influence...

Wednesday 9 March 2005

How can we distinguish between 'easy problems' and 'hard problems'? In this lecture I shall explain what is meant by an 'algorithm', and...