Public Lecture

Please note that the list below only shows forthcoming events, which may not include regular events that have not yet been entered for the forthcoming term. Please see the past events page for a list of all seminar series that the department has on offer.

Past events in this series
26 June 2018
18:00
Richard James
Abstract

The World population is growing at about 80 million per year.  As time goes by, there is necessarily less space per person. Perhaps this is why the scientific community seems to be obsessed with folding things.  In this lecture Dick James presents a mathematical approach to “rigid folding” inspired by the way atomistic structures form naturally - their features at a molecular level imply desirable features for macroscopic structures as well, especially 4D structures.  Origami structures even suggest an unusual way to look at the Periodic Table.

Richard D. James is Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota.

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

5 September 2018
17:00
Persi Diaconis
Abstract

In this lecture Persi Diaconis will take a look at some of our most primitive images of chance - flipping a coin, rolling a roulette wheel and shuffling cards - and via a little bit of mathematics (and a smidgeon of physics) show that sometimes things are not very random at all. Indeed chance is sometimes confused with frequency and this confusion caries over to a confusion between chance and evidence. All of which explains our wild misuse of probability and statistical models.

Persi Diaconis is world-renowned for his study of mathematical problems involving randomness and randomisation. He is the co-author of 'Ten Great Ideas about Chance (2017) and is the Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at Stanford University. 

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

24 September 2018
17:30
Roger Penrose
Abstract

Roger Penrose's work has ranged across many aspects of mathematics and its applications from his influential work on gravitational collapse to his work in quantum gravity via twistor theory.

However, Roger has long had an interest in and influence on the visual arts and its connections with mathematics, most notably in his relationship with Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. In this lecture he will use Escher's work to introduce and connect mathematics to a wider public.

Oxford Mathematics is pleased to host this lecture in partnership with the Clay Mathematics Institute during their Annual Conference. After the lecture Roger will be presented with the Clay Award for the Dissemination of Mathematical Knowledge.

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

9 October 2018
19:00
to
21:30
James Sparks & the City of London Sinfonia
Abstract

Johann Sebastian Bach was the most mathematical of composers. Oxford Mathematician and Cambridge organ scholar James Sparks will explain just how mathematicial and the City of London Sinfonia will elaborate with a special performance of the Goldberg Variations. 

This will be a ticketed and priced event. More details will follow.

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

30 October 2018
18:45
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20:00
Roger Penrose and Hannah Fry
Abstract

Roger Penrose is the ultimate scientific all-rounder  He started out in algebraic geometry but within a few years had laid the foundations of the modern theory of black holes with his celebrated paper on gravitational collapse. His exploration of foundational questions in relativistic quantum field theory and quantum gravity, based on his twistor theory, had a huge impact on differential geometry. His work has influenced both scientists and artists, notably Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher.

Roger Penrose is one of the great ambassadors for science. In this lecture and in conversation with mathematician and broadcaster Hannah Fry he will talk about work and career.

The lecture will take place at the Science Museum in London. Booking is not yet open. More details will follow.

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

15 November 2018
17:15
Michael Berry
Abstract

Sir Michael Berry is a mathematical physicist at the University of Bristol specialising in semiclassical physics. His interests span a wide range of areas and, in his own words, a particular "source of delight is uncovering down-to-earth or dramatic and sometimes beautiful examples of abstract mathematical ideas: the arcane in the mundane.

More details to follow.

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

12 December 2018
17:00
Hannah Fry - University College of London
Abstract

Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.

Hannah is also a well-respected broadcaster and the author of several books including 'The Mathematics of Love' and, most recently, 'The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus.'

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

9 January 2019
17:00
to
18:15
Marcus du Sautoy
Abstract

We are delighted to announce our first Oxford Mathematics Midlands Public Lecture to take place at Solihull School on 9th January 2019. Our speaker will be Marcus du Sautoy, eminent mathematician and Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science here in Oxford. 

More details will follow but if you wish to book please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

 

5 February 2019
17:00
to
18:15
James Maynard
Abstract

James Maynard is one of the brightest young stars in world mathematics at the moment, having made dramatic advances in analytic number theory in the years immediately following his 2013 doctorate. These advances have brought him worldwide attention in mathematics and beyond. Just 30, he has already gained many markers of distinction, including the European Mathematical Society Prize, the Ramanujan Prize and the Whitehead Prize.

Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

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