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Marcus du Sautoy

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 p-adic 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
  • Science in Society
  • Thinking with Things: The Oxford Collection
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Carved Stone Ball We still do not know why these stone balls were created. They date to the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, between 3200 and 1500 BC. Marcus du Sautoy 23 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 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 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 18 Nov 2016
6 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
7 What We Cannot Know Part of the TORCH Book at Lunchtime series Marcus du Sautoy, Anita Avramides, Chrystalina Antoniades, Ben Morgan 21 Oct 2016
8 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
9 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
10 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
11 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 number-based, but also a form of narrative. Marcus du Sautoy, Roger Penrose, Laura Marcus, Ben Okri 22 Jan 2015
12 Love and Math A public lecture given by Edward Frenkel, a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, talking around his best-selling book "Love and Math" followed by a conversation with Marcus du Sautoy and Q&A." Edward Frenkel, Marcus du Sautoy 12 Jul 2014
13 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
14 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
15 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
16 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
17 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
18 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
19 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
20 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
21 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
22 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
23 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
24 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
25 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
26 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
27 Mathematics in the real world Inspired by √Čvariste 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
28 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
29 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
30 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
31 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
32 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
33 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
34 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
35 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
36 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