Past lectures

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...

Wednesday 6 October 2004

Many thousands of surviving mathematical clay tablets provide much information about Mesopotamian mathematics - but what mathematics did...

Thursday 13 May 2004

This series of Geometry Lectures looked at all aspects of computer science, from how it works, how we can teach it better, what the...

Monday 19 January 2004

The Victorian period was a time of massive change for London, not least in the development and availability for university-level...