Past lectures

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...

Thursday 30 October 2003

Professor Harold Thimbleby looks at the way images can be distorted or altered by the way our brain interprets them.

Thursday 16 October 2003

The infinite shows up everywhere: not just in the counting numbers and the riddle of the primes, but in plane and geometric shapes not...

Thursday 27 March 2003

Symmetric things are often more attractive. Symmetry is also a geometric idea: things may have reflection symmetry or rotational...