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1 Creative Commons The Mathematics of Visual Illusions Puzzling things happen in human perception when ambiguous or incomplete information is presented to the eyes. In this lecture Ian Stewart demonstrates how these phenomena provide clues about the workings of the visual system. Ian Stewart 05 Jan 2017
2 Mathematics: Navigating Nature's Dark Labyrinth The Inaugural Lecture of the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, 2009. Marcus du Sautoy 18 Nov 2016
3 Can robots be made creative enough to invent their own language? Luc Steels delivers the 2012 Simonyi lecture and asks can machines be creative enough to invent their own language? Luc Steels, Marcus du Sautoy 18 Nov 2016
4 Autism and Minds Wired for Science Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Cambridge, and Director of the Autism Research Centre, gives the 2016 Charles Simonyi Lecture on new research into autism. Simon Baron-Cohen, Marcus du Sautoy 18 Nov 2016
5 Autism and Minds Wired for Science Simon Baron-Cohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Cambridge, and Director of the Autism Research Centre, gives the 2016 Charles Simonyi Lecture on new research into autism. Simon Baron-Cohen, Marcus du Sautoy 31 Oct 2016
6 As he retires from the the Savilian Chair of Geometry, Oxford Mathematician Nigel Hitchin reflects From early mathematical inspiration at school in Duffield, Derbyshire, Nigel recalls his often unplanned progress via Jesus College, Oxford, Princeton, Cambridge and Warwick, before his final return to Oxford. Nigel Hitching, Martin Bridson 19 Oct 2016
7 Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe What can fashionable ideas, blind faith, or pure fantasy have to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely, scientists are immune to trends, dogmatic beliefs, or flights of fancy? Roger Penrose 19 Oct 2016
8 Women in Oxford's History: Ida Busbridge Exploring the life of Ida Busbridge: promoter of women's education at St Hugh's College Olivia Robinson, Alison Moulds, Bethany White 19 Oct 2016
9 Modelling genes: the backwards and forwards of mathematical population genetics In this lecture Professor Alison Etheridge explores some of the simple mathematical caricatures that underpin our understanding of modern genetic data. Alison Etheridge 06 Jul 2016
10 The Prime Number Theorem Oxford Students discuss the Prime Number Theorem. Aled Walker, Simon Myerson, Sofia Lindqvist, Jamie Beacom 15 Jun 2016
11 The Prime Number Theorem Oxford Students discuss the Prime Number Theorem. Aled Walker, Simon Myerson, Sofia Lindqvist, Jamie Beacom 09 Jun 2016
12 What We Cannot Know Science is giving us unprecedented insight into the big questions that have challenged humanity. Where did we come from? What is the ultimate destiny of the universe? What are the building blocks of the physical world? What is consciousness? Marcus du Sautoy 16 May 2016
13 Creative Commons Enchantress of Abstraction, Bride of Science: must Ada Lovelace be a superheroine? Panel discussion to conclude the symposium with Muffy Calder, Valerie Barr, Suw Charman-Anderson, Murray Pittock and Cheryl Praeger. Muffy Calder, Valerie Barr, Suw Charman-Anderson, Murray Pittock 18 Dec 2015
14 Creative Commons Humans, machines, and the future of work Moshe Vardi, Rice University explores the question "If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?". Moshe Vardi 18 Dec 2015
15 Creative Commons Mathematics and culture: geometry and its ‘Figures in the Air’ Judith Grabiner, Pitzer College describes how the 19th century saw radical change, producing new ideas of space, destroying the unchallenging authority of mathematics, revolutionising art, making relativity possible and helping create modernism. Judith Grabiner 18 Dec 2015
16 Creative Commons Imaginary engines In this talk graphic artist and animator Sydney Padua talks about her bestselling graphic novel "The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage". She will also display her 3D animations of how the Analytical Engine would have looked and operated. Sydney Padua 18 Dec 2015
17 Creative Commons The Analytical Engine and the Aeolian Harp In this talk Imogen Forbes-Macphail, University of California, Berkeley, contextualises Lovelace's work on the engines against the backdrop of Romantic thought surrounding the power of poetry and the nature of original composition. Imogen Forbes-Macphail 18 Dec 2015
18 Creative Commons Enchantress of Numbers or a mere debugger?: a brief history of cultural and academic understandings of Ada Lovelace To mark the 200th anniversary of Lovelace's birth, Elizabeth Bruton, Museum of the History of Science, reviews and explores academic and popular representations of Ada Lovelace and engage with the controversy of her claim as the first computer programmer. Elizabeth Bruton, Sally Shuttleworth 18 Dec 2015
19 Creative Commons The mathematical correspondence of Ada Lovelace and Augustus De Morgan During the years 1840-1, Ada Lovelace corresponded with the mathematician Augustus De Morgan. In this talk Christopher Hollings, University of Oxford reports on recent new studies of the mathematics Ada was learning with De Morgan. Christopher Hollings 18 Dec 2015
20 Creative Commons The early education of Ada Byron In this talk Julia Markus, Hofstra University shall dispel the myth that Lady Byron kept Ada from poetry, she will also show that the mother-daughter relationship was a psychological spur to Ada's early experiments. Julia Markus 18 Dec 2015
21 Creative Commons The Travelling Santa Problem and Other Seasonal Challenges The Oxford Mathematics Christmas Public Lecture 2015 examined an aspect of Christmas not often considered: the mathematics. Delivered by Marcus du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science. Marcus du Sautoy 18 Dec 2015
22 Creative Commons Pythagoras to pacifism: mathematics and archives In this talk June Barrow-Green from the Open University describes some mathematical archives and some of the issues associated with them. Includes an introduction from Vicki Hanson, Vice-President of the ACM. June Barrow-Green, Vicki Hanson 18 Dec 2015
23 Creative Commons Will you concede me Poetical Science? Ada Lovelace had a broad interest in the science and technologies of the day and explored post-Romantic ideas which made a significant link between science and poetry. In this talk Richard Holmes looks at some of these surprising connections. Richard Holmes 18 Dec 2015
24 Creative Commons Ada Lovelace lives forever: Ada’s four questions How Ada approached information is the key to understanding her contribution. In this talk Betty Toole, author of "ADA: The Enchantress of Numbers" focuses on Ada's four questions: What is the source? What does it mean? What if? and Why not? Betty Toole 18 Dec 2015
25 Creative Commons From Byron to the Ada Programming Language John Barnes, Ada software consultant talks about Byron and his bear and the evolution of the computing language named after Ada Lovelace. John Barnes 17 Dec 2015
26 Creative Commons Turning numbers into notes Composer Emily Howard talks to David De Roure about her musical composition 'Ada sketches'. Emily Howard, David De Roure 17 Dec 2015
27 Creative Commons Ada Lovelace, a scientist in the archives Ursula Martin, University of Oxford and Soren Riis, Queen Mary University of London give new focus to letters within the archive of Ada Lovelace's family documents. Includes an introduction by Nick Woodhouse, President of the Clay Mathematics Institute. Soren Riis, Ursula Martin, Nick Woodhouse 17 Dec 2015
28 Creative Commons Notions and notations: designing computers before computing Adrian Johnstone, Royal Holloway, University of London reviews Babbage's remarkable 'Mechanical Notation'. Adrian Johnstone 17 Dec 2015
29 Creative Commons Interpreting dreams of abstract machines Bernard Sufrin, University of Oxford establishes a context of Ada's 'Translators Notes' using more recent descriptions of computing machinery and programming methods. Bernard Sufrin 17 Dec 2015
30 Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace: two visions of computing Doron Swade, Royal Holloway, University of London reviews the trajectory of Babbage's calculating Engines and examines Ada Lovelace's contribution to computing. Doron Swade 17 Dec 2015
31 Creative Commons Introduction to the Ada Lovelace Symposium Alexander Wolf, President of the Association for Computing Machinery and Imperial College London, introduces the Ada Lovelace Symposium. Alexander Wolf 14 Dec 2015
32 M. C. Escher - Artist, Mathematician, Man M.C. Escher is known as the mathematician's (and hippie's) favourite artist. But why? And was Escher, a man who claimed he knew no mathematics, really a mathematical genius? Roger Penrose, Jon Chapman, Alain Goriely, Clem Hitchcock 28 Oct 2015
33 'Examinations and Gender Gaps' Panel 1: Best Practices for Examination and Ways of Combatting Gender Gaps Both undergraduate degrees in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, as well as History and Politics have a gender discrepancy in finals results. This workshop addresses the reasons for these differences. Jo-Anne Baird, Sara Smith, Janet Dyson, Jane Gingrich 19 Oct 2015
34 The Gömböc, the Turtle and the Evolution of Shape Gábor Domokos gives a talk on his mathematical journey that led to the creation of the Gomboc, the shape which has just one stable and one unstable point of equilibrium. Gábor Domokos 01 Jul 2015
35 Creative Commons Birth of an Idea: A Mathematical Adventure What goes on inside the mind of a mathematician? Where does inspiration come from? Cédric Villani, winner of the most prestigious prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal, explains the process. Inaugural Titchmarsh Lecture 2015. Cedric Villani 12 Mar 2015
36 "Anomalies" Part 2 - Turing Patterns Dr Christian Yates describes a phenomenon first noticed by the World War II code-breaker, Alan Turing. Christian Yates, Chris Lintott 26 Jan 2015
37 What Maths Really Does: From modelling the brain to modelling the climate How has mathematics emerged over recent decades as the engine behind 21st century science? Alain Goriely looks at this question and more. Alain Goriely 04 Dec 2014
38 The History of Mathematics in 300 Stamps The entire history of mathematics in one hour, as illustrated by around 300 postage stamps featuring mathematics and mathematicians from across the world. Robin Wilson 03 Dec 2014
39 What Maths Really Does: From modelling the brain to modelling the climate How has mathematics emerged over recent decades as the engine behind 21st century science? Alain Goriely looks at this question and more. Alain Goriely 06 Oct 2014
40 Extra Time: Professor Sir Roger Penrose in conversation with Andrew Hodges - part one These two video sessions explore the development of Sir Roger Penrose’s thought over more than 60 years, ending with his most recent theories and predictions. Roger Penrose, Andrew Hodges 18 Jun 2014
41 Extra Time: Professor Sir Roger Penrose in conversation with Andrew Hodges - part two These two video sessions explore the development of Sir Roger Penrose’s thought over more than 60 years, ending with his most recent theories and predictions. Roger Penrose, Andrew Hodges 18 Jun 2014
42 Developing a Dialogic Approach to Early Secondary School Science and Mathematics Teaching: insights and findings from the epiSTEMe project. Prof. Kenneth Ruthven gives a talk for the Department of Education public seminar series Kenneth Ruthven 17 Jun 2014
43 Sir Michael Atiyah, a Life in Mathematics In conversation with Paul Tod on the occasion of Sir Michael's 85th birthday conference A portrait of the contribution that Sir Michael Atiyah has made to mathematics over his career together with his recollections of formative people and events. Interview by Professor Paul Tod. Paul, Tod, Michael Atiyah 12 May 2014
44 Why there are no three-headed monsters, resolving some problems with brain tumours, divorce prediction and how to save marriages Professor James D Murray, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford & Senior Scholar, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University, gives the annual Hooke Lecture. James D Murray 21 Mar 2014
45 Bryce McLeod, a Life in Mathematics In conversation with John Ball A portrait of the contribution that Bryce McLeod has made to mathematics over his career together with his recollections of formative people and events. Interview by Professor Sir John Ball FRS, FRSE , Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy. Bryce McLeod, John Ball 11 Mar 2014
46 A History of Maths at St Anne's Dr Graham Nelson (Supernumerary Fellow and Lecturer in Mathematics), gives a talk for the St Anne's College Maths reunion Graham Nelson 03 Feb 2014
47 Partial Differential Equations: Origins, Developments and Roles in the Changing World Professor Gui-Qiang G. Chen presents in his inaugural lecture several examples to illustrate the origins, developments, and roles of partial differential equations in our changing world. Gui-Qiang George Chen 15 Jan 2014
48 Prime Numbers Dr Richard Earl of the Mathematical Institute, Oxford presents a talk about prime numbers. What they are and their role in internet security. Richard Earl 15 Jan 2014
49 Can robots be made creative enough to invent their own language? Luc Steels delivers the 2012 Simonyi lecture and asks can machines be creative enough to invent their own language? Luc Steels, Marcus du Sautoy 15 Jan 2014
50 Computation and the Future of Mathematics Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha, gives a talk about the future of mathematics and computation. Stephen Wolfram 15 Jan 2014
51 The Irrational, the chaotic and incomplete: the mathematical limits of knowledge Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk about how much we can understand of the world through maths Marcus du Sautoy 15 Jan 2014
52 The Secret Mathematicians: the connections between maths and the arts Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk about the connections beween art and mathematics Marcus du Sautoy 15 Jan 2014
53 Symmetry: a talk based on his second book, 'Finding Moonshine' Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk about symmetry and how the rules of symmetry influences our lives and the choices we make. Marcus du Sautoy 14 Jan 2014
54 The Music of the Primes: a talk about the Riemann Hypothesis and primes Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk on 5th September 2013. Marcus du Sautoy 14 Jan 2014
55 Creative Commons Prime Numbers Dr Richard Earl of the Mathematical Institute, Oxford presents a talk about prime numbers. What they are and their role in internet security. Richard Earl 17 Dec 2013
56 Lasers, Cell Membranes, and the Basis of Life Being a chemist doesn't have to mean giving up on biology and physics. Mark Wallace, Matt Baker 19 Jul 2013
57 Creative Commons What does Marcus du Sautoy do with Social Media? At the launch of the 'Engage' programme, Professor Marcus du Sautoy discusses the role that digital technologies play in his work as the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University. Marcus du Sautoy 18 Oct 2012
58 Can robots be made creative enough to invent their own language? Luc Steels delivers the 2012 Simonyi lecture and asks can machines be creative enough to invent their own language? Luc Steels, Marcus du Sautoy 18 Oct 2012
59 Creative Commons Consciousness and Computability Prof. Sir Roger Penrose on the idea of artificial intelligence and whether consciousness can be replicated by a computer - a discussion of new physics which may take us closer to explaining the mind. Roger Penrose, Ankita Anirban 28 Aug 2012
60 Computation and the Future of Mathematics Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha, gives a talk about the future of mathematics and computation. Stephen Wolfram 25 Jun 2012
61 Creative Commons The Evolution of Science: Open publishing debate 2012 A distinguished group came together in February 2012 in Oxford's Rhodes House to publicly debate 'The Scientific Evolution: Open Science and the Future of Publishing'. Simon C. Benjamin 09 Mar 2012
62 Creative Commons Alan Turing: The One Who Became a Zero Andrew Hodges (author of Alan Turing: The Enigma) delivers a lecture on Alan Turing, the founder of modern computer science, as part of LGBT month. Andrew Hodges 02 Mar 2012
63 Creative Commons Alan Turing: The One Who Became a Zero Andrew Hodges (author of Alan Turing: The Enigma) delivers a lecture on Alan Turing, the founder of modern computer science. This is the third annual lecture for LGBT history month. Andrew Hodges 02 Mar 2012
64 Partial Differential Equations: Origins, Developments and Roles in the Changing World Professor Gui-Qiang G. Chen presents in his inaugural lecture several examples to illustrate the origins, developments, and roles of partial differential equations in our changing world. Gui-Qiang George Chen 22 Dec 2010
65 Mathematics in the real world Inspired by Évariste Galois's attempts to express symmetry using mathematical equations, Professor Marcus du Sautoy explores the inextricable link between the physical world and mathematics. Marcus du Sautoy 25 Nov 2010
66 Why Beckham chose the 23 shirt Why did Beckham chose the 23 shirt? What makes prime numbers special? Marcus duSautoy sheds light on the so-called 'masculine' numbers, explains why prime numbers will help you survive, and opens our eyes to the fascinating world of mathematics. Marcus du Sautoy 21 Dec 2009
67 Mathematics: Navigating Nature's Dark Labyrinth "Mathematics: Navigating Nature's Dark Labyrinth" - the Inaugural Lecture of the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, 2009. Marcus du Sautoy 30 Nov 2009
68 Creative Commons Lewis Carroll in Numberland An intriguing biographical exploration of Lewis Carroll, focusing on the author's mathematical career and influences. Robin Wilson 30 Nov 2009
69 Marcus du Sautoy on Pi Day To celebrate Pi Day on March 14th, Marcus du Sautoy takes a closer look at the number that has has obsessed generations of mathematicians for millennia. Marcus du Sautoy 12 Mar 2009
70 Synaesthesia and Citizen Science Part one. The team examines the neurological condition synaesthesia and the recent Oxford study which sheds light on its genetic basis. Also explored is Galaxy Zoo, an innovative Oxford project which asks the public to help classify galaxies. Marcus du Sautoy, Irene Tracey, Chris Lintott, Pedro Ferreira 02 Mar 2009