Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures

Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures enable anyone with an interest in the subject to see the best mathematicians in action and to share their pleasure (and occasional pain). They are aimed at the General Public, schools and anyone who just wants to come along and hear a bit more about what maths is really about. For booking please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk

If you can't be here in person you can always view online. All our lectures are now broadcast live (details in each abtsract close to the lecture day) and on Facebook Live via The University of Oxford Facebook page, as well as being recorded for future viewing. 

Jump down to Public Lectures and interviews online.

You can view and download posters from previous events.

28 February 2018
17:00
Robin Wilson - the Open University
Abstract

Euler’s equation, the ‘most beautiful equation in mathematics’, startlingly connects the five most important constants in the subject: 1, 0, π, e and i. Central to both mathematics and physics, it has also featured in a criminal court case and on a postage stamp, and has appeared twice in The Simpsons. So what is this equation – and why is it pioneering?

Robin Wilson is an Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University, Emeritus Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London, and a former Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.

28 February 2018, 5pm-6pm, Mathematical Institute, Oxford

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

 

8 March 2018
17:15
Alain Goriely
Abstract

Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures

Can Mathematics Understand the Brain?' - Alain Goriely

The human brain is the object of the ultimate intellectual egocentrism. It is also a source of endless scientific problems and an organ of such complexity that it is not clear that a mathematical approach is even possible, despite many attempts. 

In this talk Alain will use the brain to showcase how applied mathematics thrives on such challenges. Through mathematical modelling, we will see how we can gain insight into how the brain acquires its convoluted shape and what happens during trauma. We will also consider the dramatic but fascinating progression of neuro-degenerative diseases, and, eventually, hope to learn a bit about who we are before it is too late. 

Alain Goriely is Professor of Mathematical Modelling, University of Oxford and author of 'Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction.'

March 8th, 5.15 pm-6.15pm, Mathematical Institute, Oxford

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

26 June 2018
18:00
Richard James
Abstract

Richard James' main area of research is phase transformations in materials - especially shape memory and multiferrroic materials - at large and small scales. This involves the development of mathematical methods for the analysis of materials at atomic and continuum scales.

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

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

5 September 2018
17:00
Persi Diaconis
Abstract

Persi Diaconis is world-renowned for his study of mathematical problems involving randomness and randomisation, notably coin flipping and the shuffling of playing cards. He is the co-author of 'Ten Great Ideas about Chance (2017)' and his Public Lecture will be based on the book.

Persi is the Mary V. Sunseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at Stanford University. 

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

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.

Public Lectures Online

Scaling the Maths of Life - Michael Bonsall

Can Yule solve my problems - Alex Bellos

Andrew Wiles London Public Lecture

The Seduction of Curves: The Lines of Beauty that Connect Mathematics, Art and the Nude - Allan McRobie

Maths v Disease - Julia Gog

Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers - Vicky Neale

The Law of the Few - Sanjeev Goyal 

The Sound of Symmetry and the Symmetry of Sound - Marcus du Sautoy 

The Butterfly Effect - What Does It Really Signify - Tim Palmer

Why the truth matters - Tim Harford

The Mathematics of Visual Illusions - Ian Stewart

How can we understand our complex economy - Doyne Farmer

Fashion, Faith and Fantasy - Roger Penrose

Modelling genes: the backwards and forwards of mathematical population genetics - Alsion Etheridge

What We Cannot Know - Marcus du Sautoy

The Travelling Santa Problem and Other Seasonal Challenges - Marcus du Sautoy

Symmetry, Spaces and Undecidability - Martin Bridson

M.C. Escher: Artist, Mathematician, Man - Roger Penrose and Jon Chapman

Dancing VorticesÉtienne Ghys

The Gömböc, the Turtle and the Evolution of Shape Professor Gábor Domokos

Birth of an Idea: A Mathematical Adventure - Professor Cédric Villani

The History of Mathematics in 300 Stamps - Professor Robin Wilson

What Maths Really Does - Professor Alain Goriely

Forbidden Crystal Symmetry - Sir Roger Penrose

Big Data's Big Deal - Professor Viktor Mayer-Schonberger

Love and Math - Professor Edward Frenkel

Why there are no three-headed monsters, resolving some problems with brain tumours, divorce prediction and how to save marriages - Professor James D Murray

The Irrational, the chaotic and incomplete: the mathematical limits of knowledge - Professor Marcus du Sautoy

The Secret Mathematicians: the connections between maths and the arts - Professor Marcus du Sautoy

Symmetry: a talk based on his second book, 'Finding Moonshine'  - Professor Marcus du Sautoy

The Music of the Primes: a talk about the Riemann Hypothesis and primes - Professor Marcus du Sautoy

Interviews with Mathematicians

Nigel Hitchin reflects with Martin Bridson

https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/node/23405

Roger Heath-Brown in conversation with Ben Green

https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/node/16561

Roger Penrose interviewed by Andrew Hodges – part one

http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/extra-time-professor-sir-roger-penrose-conversation-andrew-hodges-part-one

Roger Penrose interviewed by Andrew Hodges – part two

http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/extra-time-professor-sir-roger-penrose-conversation-andrew-hodges-part-two

Michael Atiyah interviewed by Paul Tod

http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/sir-michael-atiyah-life-mathematics-conversation-paul-tod-occasion-sir-michaels-85th

Jim Murray interviewed by Philip Maini

http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/james-d-murray-reflections-life-academia-conversation-phillip-maini

Bryce McLeod Interviewed by John Ball

http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/bryce-mcleod-life-mathematics-conversation-john-ball