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1 | How did Mary Somerville get on the Scottish 10 Pound note? | In this episode of the Big Questions podcast we are asking: How did Mary Somerville get on the Scottish 10 Pound note? | Brigitte Stenhouse | 13 Mar 2018 | |

2 | Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures - Scaling the Maths of Life - Michael Bonsall | Michael Bonsall explores how we can use mathematics to link between scales of organisation in biology, delving in to developmental biology, ecology and neurosciences. | Michael Bonsall | 12 Feb 2018 | |

3 | Creative Commons | The development of quantitative reasoning | Emeritus Professor Terezinha Nunes, Department of Education, gives a talk for the public seminar series hosted by the department's Subject Pedagogy Research Group | Terezinha Nunes | 05 Feb 2018 |

4 | Can Yule Solve My Problems? - Alex Bellos | In our Oxford Mathematics Christmas Lecture Alex Bellos challenges you with some festive brainteasers as he tells the story of mathematical puzzles from the middle ages to modern day. | Alex Bellos | 13 Dec 2017 | |

5 | Oxford Mathematics London Public Lecture - Andrew Wiles | In the first Oxford Mathematics London Public Lecture, in partnership with the Science Museum, world-renowned mathematician Andrew Wiles lectured on his current work around Elliptic Curves followed by conversation with Hannah Fry. | Andrew Wiles, Martin Bridson, Mary Archer | 06 Dec 2017 | |

6 | How fast is Greenland moving? | Greenland has some many fascinating facts like it’s the world's largest island, it belongs to Denmark, it actually isn’t that green but mostly covered in ice. But did you know that Greenland is actually on the move? | Ian Hewitt | 31 Aug 2017 | |

7 | The Law of the Few | The study of networks offers a fruitful approach to understanding human behaviour. Sanjeev Goyal is one of its pioneers. In this lecture Sanjeev presents a puzzle: | Sanjeev Goyal | 04 Jul 2017 | |

8 | Dr Tom Crawford, mathematician and presenter (St John's College, 2008) | Dr Tom Crawford, also known as the Naked Mathematician, shares his love of Maths and describes how he is dispelling stereotypes to explain Maths to teenagers. | Tom Crawford | 01 Jun 2017 | |

9 | What happened to the first soviet scientist to solve a fundamental problem in mathematics? | New episode for the Oxford Sparks Big questions series. | Christopher Hollings | 08 May 2017 | |

10 | 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 |

11 | 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 | |

12 | 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 | |

13 | 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 | |

14 | 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 | |

15 | 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 | |

16 | 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 | |

17 | 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 | |

18 | 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 | |

19 | The Prime Number Theorem | Oxford Students discuss the Prime Number Theorem. | Aled Walker, Simon Myerson, Sofia Lindqvist, Jamie Beacom | 15 Jun 2016 | |

20 | The Prime Number Theorem | Oxford Students discuss the Prime Number Theorem. | Aled Walker, Simon Myerson, Sofia Lindqvist, Jamie Beacom | 09 Jun 2016 | |

21 | 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 | |

22 | 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 |

23 | 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 |

24 | 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 |

25 | 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 |

26 | 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 |

27 | 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 |

28 | 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 |

29 | 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 |

30 | 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 |

31 | 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 |

32 | 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 |

33 | 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 |

34 | 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 |

35 | 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 |

36 | 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 |

37 | 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 |

38 | 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 |

39 | 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 | |

40 | 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 |

41 | 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 | |

42 | '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 | |

43 | 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 | |

44 | 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 |

45 | "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 | |

46 | 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 | |

47 | 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 | |

48 | 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 | |

49 | 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 | |

50 | 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 | |

51 | 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 | |

52 | 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 | |

53 | 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 | |

54 | 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 | |

55 | 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 | |

56 | 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 | |

57 | 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 | |

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 | 15 Jan 2014 | |

59 | 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 | |

60 | 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 | |

61 | 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 | |

62 | 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 | |

63 | 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 | |

64 | 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 |

65 | 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 | |

66 | 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 |

67 | 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 | |

68 | 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 |

69 | 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 | |

70 | 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 |

71 | 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 |

72 | 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 |

73 | 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 | |

74 | 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 | |

75 | 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 | |

76 | 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 | |

77 | 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 |

78 | 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 | |

79 | 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 |