Past lectures

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...

Wednesday 2 February 2005

Prime numbers form the building blocks of arithmetic. But if we make a list of them, many questions arise. Pairs of primes differing by...

Wednesday 17 November 2004

The concept of zero developed in many cultures over thousands of years. Why did such a 'natural' idea take so long? This lecture...

Wednesday 27 October 2004

It is often argued that mathematics as we know it today originated in Greece, and names such as Pythagoras, Euclid and Archimedes are...