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Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE is the second holder of the Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science at the University of Oxford.
A Fellow of New College, Oxford, and winner of the 2001 Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society, Professor du Sautoy regularly writes for The Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.
He presented the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures in 2006 and has also written numerous academic articles and popular books on mathematics, including the bestseller The Music of the Primes, which was also televised on BBC Four in 2005. His latest book Finding Moonshine was published in February 2008. In the 2010 New Year Honours, Professor du Sautoy was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).
Professor du Sautoy has been involved in science at Oxford since 1983 when he first arrived as a mathematics undergraduate. He is a member of the University's Mathematical Institute and is a Senior Media Fellow of the EPSRC. His research interests include understanding the world of symmetry using zeta functions, a classical tool from number theory. His work uses a wide range of methods including padic Lie groups, model theory, algebraic geometry and analytic methods.
Series featuring Marcus du Sautoy

Christmas Science Lectures

TORCH  The Oxford Research in the Humanities

The Secrets of Mathematics

Alumni Weekend

Engage: Social Media Talks

Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences at the Department for Continuing Education

Department for Continuing Education Open Day 2012

Inside Oxford Science

Kellogg College
#  Episode Title  Description  People  Date  

1  Autism and Minds Wired for Science  Simon BaronCohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Cambridge, and Director of the Autism Research Centre, gives the 2016 Charles Simonyi Lecture on new research into autism.  Simon BaronCohen, Marcus du Sautoy  31 Oct 2016  
2  What We Cannot Know  Part of the TORCH Book at Lunchtime series  Marcus du Sautoy, Anita Avramides, Chrystalina Antoniades, Ben Morgan  21 Oct 2016  
3  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  
4  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 
5  Putting the Higgs Boson in its Place  Professor Melissa Franklin talks about her experiences working towards the discovery of the Higgs Boson and her work today at the Large Hadron Collider  Melissa Franklin, Marcus du Sautoy  16 Nov 2015  
6  Narrative & Proof: Two Sides of the Same Equation  One of the UK's leading scientists, Marcus du Sautoy, argues that mathematical proofs are not just numberbased, but also a form of narrative.  Marcus du Sautoy, Roger Penrose, Laura Marcus, Ben Okri  22 Jan 2015  
7  Love and Math  A public lecture given by Edward Frenkel, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, talking around his bestselling book "Love and Math" followed by a conversation with Marcus du Sautoy and Q&A."  Edward Frenkel, Marcus du Sautoy  12 Jul 2014  
8  Creative Commons  The Num8er My5teries  With topics ranging from prime numbers to the lottery, from lemmings to bending balls like Beckham, this creative session with Marcus du Sautoy gives an entertaining and unexpected approach to explain how mathematics can be used to predict the future.  Marcus du Sautoy  02 May 2014 
9  Creative Commons  In Everyone's Interests  the highlights  Panel discussion on what it means to invest in the humanities  Andrew Hamilton, Earl Lewis, Hermione Lee, Charlotte Higgins  04 Feb 2014 
10  Creative Commons  In Everyone's Interests  Panel discussion on what it means to invest in the humanities  Andrew Hamilton, Earl Lewis, Hermione Lee, Charlotte Higgins  04 Feb 2014 
11  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  
12  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  
13  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  
14  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  
15  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  
16  Maths in Music: The Secret Mathematicians  Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk for the 2013 Oxford Alumni Weekend.  Marcus du Sautoy  14 Jan 2014  
17  The Secret Mathematicians  Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk for the 2013 Oxford Alumni Weekend.  Marcus du Sautoy  08 Oct 2013  
18  Creative Commons  TORCH Launch  The highlights of the launch event for The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH).  Jonathan Bate, Clare Copeland, Andrew Hamilton, Marcus du Sautoy  29 May 2013 
19  Creative Commons  The Num8er My5teries  Professor Marcus du Sautoy  mathematician, footballer and amateur musician  shows how mathematicians have contributed to our understanding of the world around us for millennia.  Marcus du Sautoy  19 Dec 2012 
20  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 
21  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  
22  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  
23  Why Beckham chose the 23 shirt  Why did Beckham chose the 23 shirt? What makes prime numbers special? Marcus duSautoy sheds light on the socalled '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  
24  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  
25  The Early Universe and Alzheimer's  Pedro discusses the Big Bang and the early Universe, and Jonathan details Oxford's groundbreaking research of the genetics of Alzheimer's.  Marcus du Sautoy, Frances Ashcroft, John Wood, Pedro Ferreira  03 Sep 2009  
26  The Early Universe and Alzheimer's  Pedro discusses the Big Bang and the early Universe, and Jonathan details Oxford's groundbreaking research of the genetics of Alzheimer's.  Marcus du Sautoy, Frances Ashcroft, John Wood, Pedro Ferreira  03 Sep 2009  
27  Pheromones and Diabetes  In the third edition of Inside Oxford Science zoologist Dr Tristram Wyatt explores the science of pheromones and Professor Frances Ashcroft tells us about her role in basic research into diabetes.  Marcus du Sautoy, Frances Ashcroft, John Wood, Pedro Ferreira  26 May 2009  
28  Pheromones and Diabetes  In the third edition of Inside Oxford Science zoologist Dr Tristram Wyatt explores the science of pheromones and Professor Frances Ashcroft tells us about her role in basic research into diabetes.  Marcus du Sautoy, Frances Ashcroft, John Wood, Pedro Ferreira  26 May 2009  
29  Dark Matter and Architecture in Science  In the second edition of Inside Oxford Science Pedro explores dark matter and cosmic voids whilst Marcus leads a debate on whether great architecture can inspire great science.  Marcus du Sautoy, Irene Tracey, Chris Lintott, Pedro Ferreira  14 Apr 2009  
30  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  
31  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 