The oldest mathematical chair in Britain, the Professorship in Geometry and Other Mathematical Sciences at Gresham College is now over 400 years old. We are proud to boast Robert Hooke as just one of our many illustrious former Professors of Geometry, and today you can enjoy lectures on anything from relativity to the history of fractals.

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Past Professors

Professor Raymond Flood

Raymond Flood has spent most of his academic life promoting mathematics and computing to adult audiences, mainly through his position as University Lecturer at Oxford University, in the Continuing Education Department and at Kellogg College. In parallel he has worked extensively on the history of mathematics, producing many books and writing diverse educational material.

He is Emeritus Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, having been Vice-President of the College and President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics before retiring in 2010. He is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast; Linacre College, Oxford; and University College, Dublin where he obtained his PhD.

He enjoys communicating mathematics and its history to non-specialist audiences, as he has done recently on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time and on transatlantic voyages with the QM2. Two of the most recent books with which he has been involved are The Great Mathematicians, which celebrates the achievements of the great mathematicians in their historical context, and Mathematics in Victorian Britain,which assembles into a single resource research on the history of mathematicians that would otherwise be out of reach of the general reader.

His first year of lectures as Gresham Professor of Geometry was titled Shaping Modern Mathematics:

The 19th Century saw the development of a mathematics profession with people earning their living from teaching, examining and researching and with the mathematical centre of gravity moving from France to Germany. A lot of the mathematics taught at university today was initiated at that time. Whereas in the 18th Century one would use the term mathematician, by the end of the 19th Century one had specialists in analysis, algebra, geometry, number theory, probability and statistics, and applied mathematics. This series of free public lectures looks at the shaping of each of these mathematical areas and at the people who were involved.

Professor Flood continues his Geometry series in the 2015/16 academic year, entitled 'Great Mathematicians, Great Mathematics'.

Professor Flood's previous lecture series' are as follows:

2014/15 Great Mathematicians, Great Mathematics
2013/14 Applying Modern Mathematics
2012/13 Shaping Modern Mathematics

All of Professor Flood's past Gresham lectures can be accessed here.

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Henry Briggs (1596/97)
Peter Turner (1620)
John Greaves (1630/31)
Ralph Button (1643)
Daniel Whistler (1648)
Laurence Rooke (1657)
Isaac Barrow (1662)
Arthur Dacres (1664)
Robert Hooke (1664/65)
Andrew Tooke (1704)
Thomas Tomlinson (1729)
George Newland (1731/32)
William Roman (1749)
Wilfred Clarke (1759)
S Kittleby (1765)
Samuel Birch (1808)
Robert Pitt Edkins (1848)
Benjamin Morgan Cowie (1854)
Karl Pearson (1890)
William Henry Wagstaff (1894)
Louis Melville Milne-Thomson (1946)
Thomas A A Broadbent (1956)
Sir Bryan Thwaites (1969)
Sir Roger Penrose FRS (1998)
All Professor of Geometry Lectures
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Turing and von Neumann

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 April 2016 - 1:00PM
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Hardy, Littlewood, Cartwright and Ramanujan

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 1:00PM
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Gauss and Germain

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 - 1:00PM
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Babbage and Lovelace

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 January 2016 - 1:00PM
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Hamilton, Boole and their Algebras

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 - 1:00PM
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Einstein's Annus Mirabilis, 1905

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 - 1:00PM
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Cantor's Infinities

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 - 1:00PM
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Möbius and his Band

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 - 1:00PM
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Fourier's Series

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 - 1:00PM
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Euler's Exponentials

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 - 1:00PM
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Newton's Laws

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 - 1:00PM
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Fermat's Theorems

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 - 1:00PM
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Modelling the Spread of Infectious Diseases

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - 1:00PM
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Probability and its Limits

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 - 1:00PM
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Surfaces and Topology

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 - 1:00PM
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Symmetries and Groups

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 November 2013 - 1:00PM
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Public Key Cryptography: Secrecy in Public

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 - 1:00PM
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Butterflies, Chaos and Fractals

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 - 1:00PM
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Modelling the World

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 - 1:00PM
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Are Averages Typical?

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 19 February 2013 - 1:00PM
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The Queen of Mathematics

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 22 January 2013 - 1:00PM
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From One to Many Geometries

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 11 December 2012 - 1:00PM
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Polynomials and their Roots

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 6 November 2012 - 1:00PM
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Ghosts of Departed Quantities: Calculus and its Limits

Professor Raymond Flood
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 - 1:00PM
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Final Score

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 24 April 2012 - 1:00PM
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On the Waterfront

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 - 1:00PM
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Let’s Twist Again: Throwing, Jumping, and Spinning

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 - 1:00PM
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Citius, Altius, Fortius: Records, Medals and Drug Taking

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 - 1:00PM
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David and Goliath: Strength and Power in Sport

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 - 1:00PM
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How Fast Can Usain Bolt Run?

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 - 1:00PM
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Doing Business in Interstellar Space

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 1 March 2011 - 1:00PM
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Benford’s Very Strange Law

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 1 February 2011 - 1:00PM
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The Uses of Irrationality: Paper Sizes and the Golden Ratio

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 11 January 2011 - 1:00PM
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The Bounce of the Superball

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 7 December 2010 - 12:00AM
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Continued Fractions

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 16 November 2010 - 12:00AM
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Maths with Pictures

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 5 October 2010 - 12:00AM
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Maths and Sport

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 9 March 2010 - 12:00AM
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Trains and Boats and Planes

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 9 February 2010 - 12:00AM
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Codebreaking in Everyday Life

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 12 January 2010 - 12:00AM
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The Maths of Sorting Things Out

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 - 12:00AM
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Brilliant-cut diamonds and other tricks of the light

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 - 12:00AM
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A Sense of Balance

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 6 October 2009 - 12:00AM
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How to be a Winner: The maths of race fixing and money laundering

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 3 March 2009 - 12:00AM
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Some Interesting Curves

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Thursday, 29 January 2009 - 12:00AM
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The maths of pylon, art galleries and prisons under the spotlight

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Monday, 12 January 2009 - 12:00AM
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Harmonic things

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Thursday, 11 December 2008 - 12:00AM
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The importance of being peripheral

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Tuesday, 25 November 2008 - 12:00AM
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Not just about numbers

Professor John D Barrow FRS
Thursday, 9 October 2008 - 12:00AM
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400 years of geometry at Gresham College

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 14 May 2008 - 12:00AM
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From Hilbert's problems to the future

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 - 12:00AM
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A Millennium of Mathematical Puzzles

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 6 February 2008 - 12:00AM
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Squaring the circle and other impossibilities

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 16 January 2008 - 12:00AM
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4000 years of numbers

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 7 November 2007 - 12:00AM
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4000 Years of Algebra

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 17 October 2007 - 12:00AM
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4000 Years of Geometry

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 3 October 2007 - 12:00AM
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Euler - 300th anniversary lecture

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 9 May 2007 - 12:00AM
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The story of e

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 - 1:00PM
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The story of i

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 7 February 2007 - 1:00PM
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The Story of Pi

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 17 January 2007 - 1:00PM
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Mathematics in the 20th century: Chaos, codes and colouring

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 15 November 2006 - 12:00AM
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Mathematics in the modern age - The 19th century: Revolution or evolution?

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 25 October 2006 - 12:00AM
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Mathematics in the modern age - The 18th century: Crossing bridges

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 4 October 2006 - 12:00AM
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YEA, WHY TRY HER RAW WET HAT?

Professor Robin Wilson
Tuesday, 2 May 2006 - 12:00AM
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Problems with schoolgirls

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 22 February 2006 - 12:00AM
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How to grow trees

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 1 February 2006 - 12:00AM
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Wallpaper Patterns and Buckyballs

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 18 January 2006 - 12:00AM
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Who invented the calculus? - and other 17th century topics

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 16 November 2005 - 12:00AM
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Who invented the equals sign?

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 26 October 2005 - 12:00AM
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Who invented algebra?

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 5 October 2005 - 12:00AM
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How hard is a hard problem?

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 9 March 2005 - 12:00AM
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Prime-time mathematics

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 2 February 2005 - 12:00AM
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Much ado about zero

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 17 November 2004 - 12:00AM
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Here’s looking at Euclid

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 27 October 2004 - 12:00AM
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Keep taking the tablets

Professor Robin Wilson
Wednesday, 6 October 2004 - 12:00AM
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Better programming

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 13 May 2004 - 12:00AM
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Computer Circles

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 26 February 2004 - 12:00AM
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Plugging Computers In

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 27 November 2003 - 12:00AM
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Magic Pictures

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 30 October 2003 - 12:00AM
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Unplugging computers

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 9 October 2003 - 12:00AM
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Design by Symmetry

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 27 March 2003 - 12:00AM
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Designing Anything: From Lego to Maths

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 13 March 2003 - 12:00AM
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Designing for Humans

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 13 February 2003 - 12:00AM
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Designing Mobile Phones

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 28 November 2002 - 12:00AM
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Designing Microwave Cookers

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 24 October 2002 - 12:00AM
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Designing gadgets

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 26 September 2002 - 12:00AM
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The Computer Science of Everyday Things

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Tuesday, 15 October 2002 - 12:00AM
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Computer Viruses

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 21 March 2002 - 12:00AM
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Modern Crytography

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 28 February 2002 - 12:00AM
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Conventional Cryptography

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 21 February 2002 - 12:00AM
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Future Computers

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 24 January 2002 - 12:00AM
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From Henry Briggs to Modern Calculators

Professor Harold Thimbleby
Thursday, 29 November 2001 - 12:00AM
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Queen Dido’s Hide

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Tuesday, 10 March 1998 - 12:00AM
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Why Have Sex?

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Wednesday, 11 February 1998 - 12:00AM
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The Geometry of Evolution

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Tuesday, 20 January 1998 - 12:00AM
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Beyond the Four Colour Theorem

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Wednesday, 19 November 1997 - 12:00AM
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Travels with my Ant

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Wednesday, 29 October 1997 - 12:00AM
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Hearing the Shape of a Drum

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Tuesday, 14 October 1997 - 11:00PM
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Chippendale’s Lost Geometry

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Wednesday, 21 May 1997 - 12:00AM
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Turing's Tiger

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Wednesday, 9 April 1997 - 6:00PM
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Four Centuries of Logarithms

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Monday, 27 January 1997 - 12:00AM
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Chaos and the Quantum

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Wednesday, 4 December 1996 - 12:00AM
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Games, Graphs and Gaskets

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Wednesday, 9 October 1996 - 12:00AM
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The Practical Fractal

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Wednesday, 2 October 1996 - 12:00AM
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From Footballs to Fullerenes

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Tuesday, 14 May 1996 - 12:00AM
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Fibonacci’s Fractional Flowers: Mathematics Patterns in Seeds and Petals

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Thursday, 14 March 1996 - 12:00AM
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Furiously Flashing Fireflies: Synchronised Signalling in the Mating Game

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Wednesday, 7 February 1996 - 12:00AM
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Fermat’s Final Fling: Last Days of the Last Theorem

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Monday, 4 December 1995 - 12:00AM
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Factorials, Fortunes and Fallacies

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Wednesday, 25 October 1995 - 12:00AM
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Faggot’s Fretful Fiasco: The Unsung Geometry of Musical Scales

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Wednesday, 4 October 1995 - 9:46PM
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Fuzzy Logic

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Thursday, 16 March 1995 - 12:00AM
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The Riddle of the Vanishing Camel: From Puzzles to Number Theory

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Wednesday, 15 February 1995 - 12:00AM
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The Pattern of Tiny Feet: The Mathematics of Animal Movement

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Thursday, 24 November 1994 - 12:00AM
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Marilyn and the Goats: Probability Paradoxes

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Thursday, 3 November 1994 - 12:00AM
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The Geometry of Time Travel

Professor Ian Stewart FRS
Thursday, 20 October 1994 - 12:00AM
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Mathematics Applied to Dressmaking

Sir Christopher Zeeman
Tuesday, 9 March 1993 - 6:00PM
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Introduction to Catastrophe Theory and its Application to Physics and Sociology

Sir Christopher Zeeman
Monday, 24 April 1989 - 1:00PM
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Gyroscopes and Boomerangs

Sir Christopher Zeeman
Monday, 21 November 1988 - 12:00AM
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Pictorial Representation: The Twentieth Century

Professor Clive Kilmister
Tuesday, 17 March 1987 - 5:45PM
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Pictorial Representation: Nomography

Professor Clive Kilmister
Wednesday, 4 March 1987 - 12:00AM
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Pictorial Representation: The Slide Rule

Professor Clive Kilmister
Tuesday, 24 February 1987 - 12:00AM
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Why Geometry?

Professor Clive Kilmister
Wednesday, 3 December 1986 - 12:00AM
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Great Mathematicians, Great Mathematics

Applying Modern Mathematics

Maths is Everywhere

Mathematics in Sport

Shaping Modern Mathematics