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SUMMARY:John Bush - Walking on water: from biolocomotion to quantum founda
tions - John Bush (MIT)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190624T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190624T170000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/35745899-cdfd-4b47-b391-a62fbf8a189c/
DESCRIPTION:John Bush - Walking on water: from biolocomotion to quantum fo
undations\n24 June 2019\n\nIn this lecture John Bush will present seemingl
y disparate research topics which are in fact united by a common theme and
underlaid by a common mathematical framework. \n\nFirst there is the inge
nuity of the natural world where living creatures use surface tension to s
upport themselves on the water surface and propel themselves along it. The
n there is a system discovered by Yves Couder only fifteen years ago\, in
which a small droplet bounces along the surface of a vibrating liquid bath
\, guided or 'piloted’ by its own wave field. Its ability to reproduce m
any features previously thought to be exclusive to quantum systems has lau
nched the field of hydrodynamic quantum analogs\, and motivated a critical
revisitation of the philosophical foundations of quantum mechanics.\n\nJo
hn Bush is a Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Department of Mathema
tics at MIT specialising in fluid dynamics. \n\n5--6pm \nMathematical Inst
itute\nOxford\n\nPlease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to registe
r.\n\nWatch live:\nhttps://facebook.com/OxfordMathematics\nhttps://livestr
eam.com/oxuni/bush\n\nThe Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generousl
y supported by XTX Markets.\nSpeakers:\nJohn Bush (MIT)
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SUMMARY:Marc Lackenby - Knotty Problems - Marc Lackenby (University of Oxf
ord)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190311T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190311T180000Z
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DESCRIPTION:Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: Marc Lackenby - Knotty Pro
blems \n11 March 2019\n\nKnots are a familiar part of everyday life\, for
example tying your tie or doing up your shoe laces. They play a role in nu
merous physical and biological phenomena\, such as the untangling of DNA w
hen it replicates. However\, knot theory is also a well-developed branch o
f pure mathematics.\n \nIn his talk\, Marc will give an introduction to th
is theory and will place it in the context of the modern field of topology
. This is the branch of mathematics where you are allowed to stretch and d
eform objects\, but not tear them. He will explain how topological techniq
ues can be used to prove some surprising facts about knots. He will also g
ive some problems about knots that mathematicians haven't yet been able to
solve.\n\nMarc Lackenby is a Professor of Mathematics in Oxford and a Fel
low of St Catherine's College.\n\n5.00pm-6.00pm\nMathematical Institute\nO
xford\n\nPlease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.\n\nWa
tch live:\nhttps://www.facebook.com/OxfordMathematics/\nhttps://livestream
.com/oxuni/lackenby\n\nThe Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generous
ly supported by XTX Markets.\n\n\nSpeakers:\nMarc Lackenby (University of
Oxford)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1 - accessible)\, Woodsto
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SUMMARY:Julia Wolf - The Power of Randomness - Julia Wolf (University of C
ambridge)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190430T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190430T170000Z
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DESCRIPTION:Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures\nJulia Wolf - The Power of
Randomness\n30 April 2019\n\nFar from taking us down the road of unpredict
ability and chaos\, randomness has the power to help us solve a fascinatin
g range of problems. Join Julia Wolf on a mathematical journey from penalt
y shoot-outs to internet security and patterns in the primes. \n\nJulia Wo
lf is University Lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathem
atical Statistics at the University of Cambridge.\n\n5--6pm \nMathematical
Institute\nOxford\n\nPlease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to re
gister.\n\nWatch live:\nhttps://facebook.com/OxfordMathematics\nhttps://li
vestream.com/oxuni/wolf\n\nThe Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are gene
rously supported by XTX Markets.\nSpeakers:\nJulia Wolf (University of Cam
bridge)
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SUMMARY:Marcus du Sautoy - The Creativity Code: How AI is learning to writ
e\, paint and think - Marcus du Sautoy (University of Oxford)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190529T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190529T180000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/5548a469-0380-4e19-a5cf-b2280ba779e6/
DESCRIPTION:Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures together with the Simonyi S
cience Show\n\nMarcus du Sautoy - The Creativity Code: How AI is learning
to write\, paint and think\n29 May 2019\n\nWill a computer ever compose a
symphony\, write a prize-winning novel\, or paint a masterpiece? And if so
\, would we be able to tell the difference?\n\nIn The Creativity Code\, Ma
rcus du Sautoy examines the nature of creativity\, as well as providing an
essential guide into how algorithms work\, and the mathematical rules und
erpinning them. He asks how much of our emotional response to art is a pro
duct of our brains reacting to pattern and structure. And might machines o
ne day jolt us in to being more imaginative ourselves?\n\nMarcus du Sautoy
is Simonyi Professor for the Public understanding of Science in Oxford.\n
\n6--7pm \nMathematical Institute\nOxford\n\nPlease email external-relatio
ns@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.\n\nWatch live:\nfacebook.com/OxfordMathemat
ics\nhttps://livestream.com/oxuni/du-Sautoy2\n\nThe Oxford Mathematics Pub
lic Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.\nSpeakers:\nMarcus d
u Sautoy (University of Oxford)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
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SUMMARY:Graham Farmelo - The Universe Speaks in Numbers - Graham Farmelo (
University of Cambridge)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190516T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190516T170000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/37186a3f-dde5-48be-bf09-5e43eb183833/
DESCRIPTION:Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures: Graham Farmelo - The Unive
rse Speaks in Numbers \n16 May 2019\n\nThe supreme task of the physicist\,
Einstein believed\, was to understand the 'miraculous' underlying order o
f the universe\, in terms of the most basic laws of nature\, written in ma
thematical language. Most physicists believe that it's best to seek these
laws by trying to understand surprising new experimental findings. Einstei
n and his peer Paul Dirac disagreed and controversially argued that new la
ws are best sought by developing the underlying mathematics.\n\nGraham wil
l describe how this mathematical approach has led to insights into both fu
ndamental physics and advanced mathematics\, which appear to be inextricab
ly intertwined. Some physicists and mathematicians believe they are workin
g towards a giant mathematical structure that encompasses all the fundamen
tal laws of nature. But might this be an illusion? Might mathematics be le
ading physics astray?\n\nGraham Farmelo is a Fellow at Churchill College\,
Cambridge and the author of 'The Strangest Man\,' a biography of Paul Dir
ac.\n\n5.00pm-6.00pm\nMathematical Institute\nOxford\n\nPlease email exter
nal-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.\n\nOr watch live:\nhttps://www.f
acebook.com/OxfordMathematics/\nhttps://livestream.com/oxuni/farmelo\n\nTh
e Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Marke
ts.\nSpeakers:\nGraham Farmelo (University of Cambridge)
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SUMMARY:Hannah Fry - Hello World - Hannah Fry (UCL)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20181212T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20181212T180000Z
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DESCRIPTION:Hannah Fry takes us on a tour of the good\, the bad and the do
wnright ugly of the algorithms that surround us. Are they really an improv
ement on the humans they are replacing?\n\nHannah Fry is a lecturer in the
Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL.
She is also a well-respected broadcaster and the author of several books
including the recently published 'Hello World: How to be Human in the Age
of the Machine.'\n\n5.00pm-6.00pm\, Mathematical Institute\, Oxford\n\nPle
ase email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\n\nWatch live:\nht
tps://facebook.com/OxfordMathematics\nhttps://livestream.com/oxuni/Christm
asLecture2018\n\nThe Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously sup
ported by XTX Markets\nSpeakers:\nHannah Fry (UCL)
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SUMMARY:James Maynard - Prime Time: How simple questions about prime numbe
rs affect us all - James Maynard (University of Oxford)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190205T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20190205T180000Z
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DESCRIPTION:Why should anyone care about primes? Well\, prime numbers are
important\, not just in pure mathematics\, but also in the real world. Var
ious different\, difficult problems in science lead to seemingly very simp
le questions about prime numbers. Unfortunately\, these seemingly simple p
roblems have stumped mathematicians for thousands of years\, and are now s
ome of the most notorious open problems in mathematics!\n\nOxford Research
Professor James Maynard is one of the brightest young stars in world math
ematics at the moment\, having made dramatic advances in analytic number t
heory in recent years. \n\nPlease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk
to register.\n\nWatch live:\nhttps://www.facebook.com/OxfordMathematics/\n
https://livestream.com/oxuni/Maynard\n\nThe Oxford Mathematics Public Lect
ures are generously supported by XTX Markets.\nSpeakers:\nJames Maynard (U
niversity of Oxford)
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SUMMARY:James Sparks and City of London Sinfonia - Bach and the Cosmos SOL
D OUT - James Sparks (University of Oxford)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20181009T183000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20181009T201500Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/bd59f59d-59af-4fac-ad23-97461f964076/
DESCRIPTION:James Sparks and City of London Sinfonia - Bach and the Cosmos
\n\nJohann Sebastian Bach was the most mathematical of composers. Oxford M
athematician and Cambridge organ scholar James Sparks will explain just ho
w mathematical and City of London Sinfonia will elaborate with a special p
erformance of the Goldberg Variations. \n\nJames Sparks - Bach and the Cos
mos (30 minutes)\nCity of London Sinfonia - J S Bach arr. Sitkovetsky\, Go
ldberg Variations (70 minutes)\nAlexandra Wood - Director/Violin\n\nPlease
email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\n\nWatch live:\nfaceb
ook.com/OxfordMathematics\nlivestream.com/oxuni/Bach-Cosmos\n\nThe Oxford
Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets\nSpeak
ers:\nJames Sparks (University of Oxford)
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SUMMARY:Michael Berry - Chasing the dragon: tidal bores in the UK and else
where 15 November 2018 - 5.15pm - Michael Berry (University of Bristol)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20181115T171500Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20181115T181500Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/397d58ce-7508-4484-b7bd-3b40dc3b7a2a/
DESCRIPTION:In some of the world’s rivers\, an incoming high tide can ar
rive as a smooth jump decorated by undulations\, or as a breaking wave. Th
e river reverses direction and flows upstream.\n\nUnderstanding tidal bore
s involves\n· analogies with tsunamis\, rainbows\, horizons in relativity
\, and ideas from quantum physics\;\n· the concept of a ‘minimal model
’ in mathematical explanation\;\n· different ways in which different cu
ltures describe the same thing\;\n· the first unification in fundamental
physics.\n\nMichael Berry is Emeritus Professor of Physics\, H H Wills Phy
sics Laboratory\, University of Bristol\n\n5.15pm\nMathematical Institute\
nOxford\n\nPlease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.\n\n
Watch live:\nfacebook.com/OxfordMathematics\nhttps://livestream.com/oxuni/
Berry\n\nOxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XT
X Markets.\nSpeakers:\nMichael Berry (University of Bristol)
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SUMMARY:Persi Diaconis - Chance and Evidence - Persi Diaconis (Stanford Un
iversity)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180905T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180905T170000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/ffd056da-a858-40a6-934b-0f11b5bae33c/
DESCRIPTION:In this lecture Persi Diaconis will take a look at some of our
most primitive images of chance - flipping a coin\, rolling a roulette wh
eel and shuffling cards - and via a little bit of mathematics (and a smidg
en of physics) show that sometimes things are not very random at all. Inde
ed chance is sometimes confused with frequency and this confusion carries
over to a confusion between chance and evidence. All of which explains our
wild misuse of probability and statistical models.\n\nPersi Diaconis is t
he co-author of 'Ten Great Ideas about Chance (2017) and is the Mary V. Su
nseri Professor of Statistics and Mathematics at Stanford University. \n\n
5-6pm\nMathematical Institute\nOxford\n\nPlease email external-relations@m
aths.ox.ac.uk to register.\n\nWatch live:\nfacebook.com/OxfordMathematics\
nlivestream.com/oxuni/PersiDiaconis\n\nThe Oxford Mathematics Public Lectu
res are generously supported by XTX Markets.\nSpeakers:\nPersi Diaconis (S
tanford University)
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SUMMARY:Roger Penrose - Eschermatics SOLD OUT - Roger Penrose (University
of Oxford)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180924T163000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180924T173000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/2a846190-d2d0-49c1-881e-fea958789456/
DESCRIPTION:Roger Penrose’s work has ranged across many aspects of mathe
matics and its applications from his influential work on gravitational col
lapse to his work on quantum gravity. However\, Roger has long had an inte
rest in and influence on the visual arts and their connections to mathemat
ics\, most notably in his collaboration with Dutch graphic artist M.C. Esc
her. In this lecture he will use Escher’s work to illustrate and explain
important mathematical ideas.\n\nOxford Mathematics is hosting this speci
al event in its Public Lecture series during the conference to celebrate t
he 20th Anniversary of the foundation of the Clay Mathematics Institute. A
fter the lecture Roger will be presented with the Clay Award for the Disse
mination of Mathematical Knowledge.\n\n5.30-6.30pm\nMathematical Institute
\nOxford\n\nPlease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.\n\
nWatch live:\nfacebook.com/OxfordMathematics\nlivestream.com/oxuni/Penrose
\n\nThe Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX
Markets.\nSpeakers:\nRoger Penrose (University of Oxford)
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SUMMARY:Richard James - Atomistically inspired origami - Richard James (Un
iversity of Minnesota)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180626T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180626T180000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/f8826af2-4a5b-4e76-9359-bf3b114565f2/
DESCRIPTION:The World population is growing at about 80 million per year.
As time goes by\, there is necessarily less space per person. Perhaps thi
s is why the scientific community seems to be obsessed with folding things
. In this lecture Dick James presents a mathematical approach to “rigid
folding” inspired by the way atomistic structures form naturally - thei
r features at a molecular level imply desirable features for macroscopic s
tructures as well\, especially 4D structures. Origami structures even sug
gest an unusual way to look at the Periodic Table.\n\nRichard D. James is
Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota
.\n\nPlease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register.\n\nThe Ox
ford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.\
nSpeakers:\nRichard James (University of Minnesota)
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SUMMARY:Michael Atiyah - Numbers are Serious but they are also Fun - Micha
el Atiyah (University of Edinburgh)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180517T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180517T170000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/384e364c-2916-45fb-9558-7e91ceaa7ef6/
DESCRIPTION:Archimedes\, who famously jumped out of his bath shouting "Eur
eka"\, also 'invented' the number pi.\n\nEuler invented e and had fun with
his formula e^(2 pi i) = 1.\n\nThe world is full of important numbers wai
ting to be invented. Why not have a go?\n\nMichael Atiyah is one of the wo
rld's leading mathematicians and a pivotal figure in twentieth and twenty-
first century mathematics. His lecture will be followed by an interview wi
th Sir John Ball\, Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy here in Oxford
where Michael will talk about his lecture\, his work and his life as a ma
thematician.\n\nPlease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register
.\n\nThe Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XT
X Markets.\nSpeakers:\nMichael Atiyah (University of Edinburgh)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
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SUMMARY:Can Mathematics Understand the Brain? - Alain Goriely - Alain Gori
ely (University of Oxford)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180308T171500Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180308T181500Z
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DESCRIPTION:Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures\n\nCan Mathematics Understa
nd the Brain?' - Alain Goriely\n\nThe human brain is the object of the ult
imate intellectual egocentrism. It is also a source of endless scientific
problems and an organ of such complexity that it is not clear that a mathe
matical approach is even possible\, despite many attempts. \n\nIn this tal
k Alain will use the brain to showcase how applied mathematics thrives on
such challenges. Through mathematical modelling\, we will see how we can g
ain insight into how the brain acquires its convoluted shape and what happ
ens during trauma. We will also consider the dramatic but fascinating prog
ression of neuro-degenerative diseases\, and\, eventually\, hope to learn
a bit about who we are before it is too late. \n\nAlain Goriely is Profess
or of Mathematical Modelling\, University of Oxford and author of 'Applied
Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction.'\n\nPlease email external-relatio
ns@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\nSpeakers:\nAlain Goriely (University of Oxf
ord)
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SUMMARY:Scaling the Maths of Life - Michael Bonsall - Prof Michael Bonsall
(University of Oxford)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180207T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180207T180000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/07601120-7229-4ab7-a37f-66c8e5ac0d3b/
DESCRIPTION:Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures\nScaling the Maths of Life
- Michael Bonsall\n\nIn this talk Michael Bonsall will explore how we can
use mathematics to link between scales of organisation in biology. He will
delve in to developmental biology\, ecology and neurosciences\, all illus
trated and explored with real life examples\, simple games and\, of course
\, some neat maths.\n\nMichael Bonsall is Professor of Mathematical Biolog
y in Oxford.\n\n7 February 2018\n5pm-6pm\nLecture Theatre 1\nMathematical
Instittute\nOxford\n\nPlease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to re
gister\n\nSpeakers:\nProf Michael Bonsall (University of Oxford)
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SUMMARY:Euler’s pioneering equation: ‘the most beautiful theorem in ma
thematics’ - Robin Wilson - Robin Wilson (The Open University)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180228T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20180228T180000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/aa3c38a5-5455-488d-89ee-d4cc033d080a/
DESCRIPTION:Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures\nEuler’s pioneering equat
ion: ‘the most beautiful theorem in mathematics’\nRobin Wilson\n\nEule
r’s equation\, the ‘most beautiful equation in mathematics’\, startl
ingly connects the five most important constants in the subject: 1\, 0\,
π\, e and i. Central to both mathematics and physics\, it has also featur
ed in a criminal court case and on a postage stamp\, and has appeared twic
e in The Simpsons. So what is this equation – and why is it pioneering?\
n\nRobin Wilson is an Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open U
niversity\, Emeritus Professor of Geometry at Gresham College\, London\, a
nd a former Fellow of Keble College\, Oxford.\n\nPlease email external-rel
ations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\n\n\nSpeakers:\nRobin Wilson (The Open U
niversity)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Radcliffe Observatory Quarter\, Woodstock
Road)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6GG
URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/aa3c38a5-5455-488d-89ee-d4cc033d080a/
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SUMMARY:Can Yule solve my problems? - Alex Bellos - Alex Bellos (n/a)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20171206T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20171206T180000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/ad8161e4-0dd3-4982-ac16-6672324fef66/
DESCRIPTION:Oxford Mathematics Christmas Public Lecture\nCan Yule solve my
problems?\nAlex Bellos\n\nAlex Bellos challenges you with some festive br
ainteasers as he tells the story of mathematical puzzles from the middle a
ges to modern day. Alex is the Guardian’s puzzle blogger as well as the
author of several works of popular maths\, including Puzzle Ninja\, Can Yo
u Solve My Problems? and Alex’s Adventures in Numberland.\n\n06 December
2017\n5.00-6.00pm\nLecture Theatre 1\nMathematical Institute\nOxford\n \n
Please email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\nSpeakers:\nAle
x Bellos (n/a)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
GG
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SUMMARY:The Seduction of Curves: The Lines of Beauty That Connect Mathemat
ics\, Art and The Nude - Allan McRobie - Allan McRobie (University of Camb
ridge)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20171113T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20171113T180000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/41001e23-a083-484c-9822-a33e2f74efcd/
DESCRIPTION:The Seduction of Curves: The Lines of Beauty That Connect Math
ematics\, Art and The Nude\nAllan McRobie\n\nThere is a deep connection be
tween the stability of oil rigs\, the bending of light during gravitationa
l lensing and the act of life drawing. To understand each\, we must unders
tand how we view curved surfaces. We are familiar with the language of str
aight-line geometry – of squares\, rectangles\, hexagons - but curves al
so have a language – of folds\, cusps and swallowtails - that few of us
know.\n \nAllan will explain how the key to understanding the language of
curves is René Thom’s Catastrophe Theory\, and how – remarkably – t
he best place to learn that language is perhaps in the life drawing class.
Sharing its title with Allan's new book\, the talk will wander gently acr
oss mathematics\, physics\, engineering\, biology and art\, but always wit
h a focus on curves.\n\nWarning: this talk contains nudity.\n\nAllan McRob
ie is Reader in Engineering\, University of Cambridge\n\nPlease email exte
rnal-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\nSpeakers:\nAllan McRobie (Unive
rsity of Cambridge)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Full access)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6GG
URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/41001e23-a083-484c-9822-a33e2f74efcd/
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SUMMARY:Maths v Disease - Julia Gog - Julia Gog (University of Cambridge)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20171101T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20171101T180000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/90a4d441-e1b3-4bbe-8e66-2fe0711f3d5b/
DESCRIPTION:Maths v Disease\nJulia Gog\n\nCan mathematics really help us i
n our fight against infectious disease? Join Julia Gog as we explore some
exciting current research areas where mathematics is being used to study p
andemics\, viruses and everything in between\, with a particular focus on
influenza.\nJulia Gog is Professor of Mathematical Biology\, University of
Cambridge and David N Moore Fellow at Queens’ College\, Cambridge\n\nPl
ease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\n\nSpeakers:\nJul
ia Gog (University of Cambridge)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Full access)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6GG
URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/90a4d441-e1b3-4bbe-8e66-2fe0711f3d5b/
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SUMMARY:Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers - Vicky Nea
le - Dr Vicky Neale (University of Oxford)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20171018T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20171018T170000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/3e45f94f-b34c-4e8e-b42f-609deb092781/
DESCRIPTION:Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers\nVicky
Neale\n\nPrime numbers have intrigued\, inspired and infuriated mathematic
ians for millennia and yet mathematicians' difficulty with answering simpl
e questions about them reveals their depth and subtlety. \n\nJoin Vicky to
learn about recent progress towards proving the famous Twin Primes Conjec
ture and to hear the very different ways in which these breakthroughs have
been made - a solo mathematician working in isolation\, a young mathemati
cian displaying creativity at the start of a career\, a large collaboratio
n that reveals much about how mathematicians go about their work. \n\nVic
ky Neale is Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute\, University
of Oxford and Supernumerary Fellow at Balliol College\n \nPlease email ext
ernal-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\nSpeakers:\nDr Vicky Neale (Uni
versity of Oxford)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Full access)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6GG
URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/3e45f94f-b34c-4e8e-b42f-609deb092781/
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SUMMARY:The Law of the Few - Professor Sanjeev Goyal (University of Cambri
dge)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170628T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170628T170000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/b99df8f1-918f-4fd0-9eef-cb08e5546512/
DESCRIPTION:Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures\n \nThe Law of the Few\nSan
jeev Goyal\n\nThe study of networks offers a fruitful approach to understa
nding human behaviour. Sanjeev Goyal is one of its pioneers. In this lectu
re Sanjeev presents a puzzle:\n\nIn social communities\, the vast majority
of individuals get their information from a very small subset of the grou
p – the influencers\, connectors\, and opinion leaders. But empirical re
search suggests that there are only minor differences between the influenc
ers and the others. Using mathematical modelling of individual activity an
d networking and experiments with human subjects\, Sanjeev helps explain t
he puzzle and the economic trade-offs it contains.\n\nProfessor Sanjeev Go
yal FBA is the Chair of the Economics Faculty at the University of Cambrid
ge and was the founding Director of the Cambridge-INET Institute.\n \n28 J
une 2017\n5.00-6.00pm\nLecture Theatre 1\nMathematical Institute\nOxford\n
\nPlease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\nSpeakers:\n
Professor Sanjeev Goyal (University of Cambridge)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Radcliffe Observatory Quarter\, Woodstock
Road\, Oxford\, OX2 6GG)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6GG
URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/b99df8f1-918f-4fd0-9eef-cb08e5546512/
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SUMMARY:The Sound of Symmetry and the Symmetry of Sound - Marcus du Sautoy
(University of Oxford)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170511T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170511T171500Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/3cc7e633-7c83-4fea-ad5f-b49af6871862/
DESCRIPTION:\nSymmetry has played a critical role both for composers and i
n the creation of musical instruments. From Bach’s Goldberg Variations t
o Schoenberg’s Twelve-tone rows\, composers have exploited symmetry to c
reate variations on a theme. But symmetry is also embedded in the very way
instruments make sound. The lecture will culminate in a reconstruction of
nineteenth-century scientist Ernst Chladni's exhibition that famously tou
red the courts of Europe to reveal extraordinary symmetrical shapes in the
vibrations of a metal plate.\n\nThe lecture will be preceded by a demonst
ration of the Chladni plates with the audience encouraged to participate.
Each of the 16 plates will have their own dials to explore the changing in
put and can accommodate 16 players at a time. Participants will be able to
explore how these shapes might fit together into interesting tessellation
s of the plane. The ultimate idea is to create an aural dynamic version of
the walls in the Alhambra.\n\n11 May 2017\n5.00-6.00pm (demonstration fro
m 2.30pm)\nMathematical Institute\nOxford\n \nPlease email external-relati
ons@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\n\nSpeakers:\nMarcus du Sautoy (University
of Oxford)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
GG
URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/3cc7e633-7c83-4fea-ad5f-b49af6871862/
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SUMMARY:Inaugural Roger Penrose Lecture - Stephen Hawking
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170118T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170118T180000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/74d00310-f43e-4531-9a18-1d4b910f24a7/
DESCRIPTION:In recognition of a lifetime's contribution across the mathema
tical sciences\, we are initiating a series of annual Public Lectures in h
onour of Roger Penrose. The first lecture will be given by his long-time c
ollaborator and friend Stephen Hawking.\n \nStephen Hawking is the former
Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and now t
he Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research at
the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and Founder
of the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at Cambridge.\n \nI am pleased to
say that registration for the Inaugural Roger Penrose Lecture by Stephen H
awking on 18 January (5pm) will open at 10am on 4th January 2017. A number
of places have been allocated to different groups. These places will be a
llocated on a first come\, first served basis. You are limited to one plac
e per person (and four per school). Please follow the instructions below:\
n\n* Email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\n\n* When registe
ring please give your name and affiliation - your position\, department &
organisation/institution as appropriate. Or if you are a member of the Gen
eral Public\, please say so\n\n* You will receive a confirmation email and
will be checked off on arrival on the day from a list. The email is not t
ransferable. Please also bring ID.\n\n* You will only receive confirmation
if you have been successful in getting a ticket\, or if we have placed yo
u on the waiting list. If you do not receive confirmation\, you do not hav
e a place.\n\n* Please do not register earlier than the set time. Such ema
ils will be disregarded.\n\nApologies for being so rigid\, but\, as you ca
n imagine\, demand is huge. The lecture will be podcasted live. See www.ma
ths.ox.ac.uk for more details.
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1 and online)\, Woodstock
Road OX2 6GG
URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/74d00310-f43e-4531-9a18-1d4b910f24a7/
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SUMMARY: The Butterfly Effect - What Does it Really Signify? - Professor T
im Palmer (Programme on Modelling and Predicting Climate\, Oxford Martin S
chool)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170509T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170509T171500Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/523c869c-777a-4e3a-be8e-1bb17ba86abf/
DESCRIPTION:Meteorologist Ed Lorenz was one of the founding fathers of cha
os theory. In 1963 he showed with just three simple equations that the wor
ld around us could be both completely deterministic and yet practically un
predictable. In the 1990s\, Lorenz’s work was popularised by science wri
ter James Gleick who used the phrase “The Butterfly Effect” to describ
e Lorenz’s work. The notion that the flap of a butterfly’s wings could
change the course of weather was an idea that Lorenz himself used. Howeve
r\, he used it to describe something much more radical - he didn’t know
whether the Butterfly Effect was true or not.\n\nTim will discuss Lorenz t
he man and his work\, and compare and contrast the meaning of the “Butte
rfly Effect" as most people understand it today\, and as Lorenz himself in
tended it to mean. \n\nTim Palmer is Royal Society Research Professor in C
limate Physics at the University of Oxford\n \nPlease email external-relat
ions@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\nSpeakers:\nProfessor Tim Palmer (Programm
e on Modelling and Predicting Climate\, Oxford Martin School)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
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SUMMARY:Statistics: Why the Truth Matters - Tim Harford
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170208T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20170208T171500Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/24058536-a60c-4222-8c41-2cbd82d9cf99/
DESCRIPTION:Tim Harford\, Financial Times columnist and presenter of Radio
4's "More or Less"\, argues that politicians\, businesses and even charit
ies have been poisoning the value of statistics and data. Tim will argue t
hat we need to defend the value of good data in public discourse\, and wil
l suggest how to lead the defence of statistical truth-telling.\n \nPlease
email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\nSpeakers:\nTim Harfo
rd
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
GG
URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/24058536-a60c-4222-8c41-2cbd82d9cf99/
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SUMMARY:The Mathematics of Visual Illusions - SOLD OUT
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20161215T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20161215T180000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/98edcf42-9d47-46be-ba5a-f51849decc07/
DESCRIPTION:Puzzling things happen in human perception when ambiguous or i
ncomplete information is presented to the eyes. Rivalry occurs when two di
fferent images\, presented one to each eye\, lead to alternating percepts\
, possibly of neither image separately. Illusions\, or multistable figures
\, occur when a single image can be perceived in several ways. The Necker
cube is the most famous example. Impossible objects arise when a single im
age has locally consistent but globally inconsistent geometry. Famous exam
ples are the Penrose triangle and etchings by M.C.Escher.\n\nIn this lectu
re Ian Stewart will demonstrate how these phenomena provide clues about th
e workings of the visual system\, with reference to recent research in the
field which has modelled simplified\, systematic methods by which the bra
in can make decisions. In these models a neural network is designed to int
erpret incoming sensory data in terms of previously learned patterns. Riva
lry occurs when different interpretations are confused\, and illusions ari
se when the same data have several interpretations.\n \nThe lecture will b
e non-technical and highly illustrated\, with plenty of examples.\n \nIan
Stewart is Emeritus Professor of Mathematics in the University of Warwick.
\n \n15 December 2016\n5.00-6.00pm\nLecture Theatre 1\nMathematical Instit
ute\nOxford\n \nPlease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
GG
URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/98edcf42-9d47-46be-ba5a-f51849decc07/
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SUMMARY:How can we understand our complex economy - Prof. Doyne Farmer
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20161103T170000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20161103T180000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/5357a1ac-bfe5-4b7a-b2e5-2465f6ffa519/
DESCRIPTION:We are increasingly better at predicting things about our envi
ronment. Modern weather forecasts are a lot better than they used to be\,
and our ability to predict climate change illustrates our better understan
ding of our effect on our environment. But what about predicting our colle
ctive effect on ourselves? We now use tools like Google maps to predict ho
w long it will take us to drive to work\, and other small things\, but we
fail miserably when it comes to many of the big things. For example\, the
recent financial crisis cost the world tens of trillions of pounds\, yet o
ur ability to forecast\, understand and mitigate the next economic crisis
is very low. Is this inherently impossible? Or perhaps we are just not goi
ng about it the right way? The complex systems approach to economics\, whi
ch brings in insights from the physical and natural sciences\, presents an
alternative to standard methods. Doyne will explain what this new approac
h is and give a few examples of its successes so far. He will then present
a vision of the economics of the future\, which will need to confront the
serious problems that the world will soon face.\n \nJ. Doyne Farmer is Di
rector of the Complexity Economics program at the Institute for New Econom
ic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School and Professor in the Mathematical
Institute at the University of Oxford\, and an External Professor at the S
anta Fe Institute. \n \n03 November 2016\n5.00-6.00pm\nLecture Theatre 1\n
Mathematical Institute\nOxford\n \nPlease email external-relations@maths.o
x.ac.uk to register\n \nSpeakers:\nProf. Doyne Farmer
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
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SUMMARY:Fashion\, Faith\, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20161013T161500Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20161013T171500Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/c2eaa2b6-95ad-45a2-8625-f9f07343e456/
DESCRIPTION:What can fashionable ideas\, blind faith\, or pure fantasy hav
e to do with the scientific quest to understand the universe? Surely\, sci
entists are immune to trends\, dogmatic beliefs\, or flights of fancy? In
fact\, Roger Penrose argues that researchers working at the extreme fronti
ers of mathematics and physics are just as susceptible to these forces as
anyone else. In this lecture\, based on his new book\, Roger will argue th
at fashion\, faith\, and fantasy\, while sometimes productive and even ess
ential\, may be leading today's researchers astray\, most notably in three
of science's most important areas - string theory\, quantum mechanics\, a
nd cosmology. Yet Roger will also describe how fashion\, faith\, and fanta
sy have\, ironically\, also been invaluable in shaping his own work.Roger
will be signing copies of his book after the lecture. \n \nRoger Penrose i
s Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor at the Mathematical Institute in Oxford.\n
\n13 October 2016\n5.15-6.15pm\nLecture Theatre 1\nMathematical Institute
\nOxford\n \nPlease email external-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\n
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
GG
URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/c2eaa2b6-95ad-45a2-8625-f9f07343e456/
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SUMMARY:What We Cannot Know - Marcus du Sautoy (University of Oxford)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20160512T153000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20160512T170000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/81efca66-52b9-402a-972d-5b3fd4be3efb/
DESCRIPTION:Science is giving us unprecedented insight into the big questi
ons. Where did we come from? What is the ultimate destiny of the Universe?
What is consciousness?\n \n'What We Cannot Know' asks us to rein in this
unbridled enthusiasm for the power of science. Are there limits to what we
can discover about our physical universe? Are some regions of the future
beyond the predictive powers of science and mathematics? Are there ideas s
o complex that they are beyond the conception of our finite human brains?
Can brains even investigate themselves or does the analysis enter an infin
ite loop from which it is impossible to rescue itself?\n \nTo coincide wit
h the launch of his new book\, Marcus du Sautoy will be answering (or not
answering) these questions. He will also be signing copies of the book bef
ore and after the lecture.\nSpeakers:\nMarcus du Sautoy (University of Oxf
ord)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1\, Mathematical Institut
e\, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter\, Woodstock Road)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
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SUMMARY:Toy Models - Tadashi Tokieda (University of Cambridge)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20160426T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20160426T170000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/3fb13c68-c93a-48f7-90db-ce45482955e6/
DESCRIPTION:Would you like to come see some toys?\n \n'Toys' here have a s
pecial sense: objects of daily life which you can find or make in minutes\
, yet which\, if played with imaginatively reveal surprises that keep scie
ntists puzzling for a while. We will see table-top demos of many such toys
and visit some of the science that they open up. The Common theme is sing
ularity.\n \nTadashi Tokieda is the Director of Studies in Mathematics at
Trinity Hall\, Cambridge and the Poincaré Professor in the Department of
Mathematics\, Stanford\nSpeakers:\nTadashi Tokieda (University of Cambridg
e)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1\, Mathematical Institut
e\, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter\, Woodstock Road)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
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SUMMARY:The Mathematics of Crime - Andrea Bertozzi (UCLA)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20160406T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20160406T170000Z
UID:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/692eeba0-902a-47e3-b79f-5670e471a7eb/
DESCRIPTION:In the USA\, law enforcement agencies have discovered that par
tnering with a team of mathematicians and social scientists from UCLA can
help them determine where crime is likely to occur and so enable them to s
top it before it happens.\n\nIn this lecture Andrea Bertozzi will tell the
story behind her role on the UCLA team that developed a 'predictive polic
ing' computer programme that zeros-in on areas that have the highest proba
bility of crime. She will also discuss how mathematics play an increasing
role in studying crime\, especially gang crime. \nSpeakers:\nAndrea Bertoz
zi (UCLA)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1\, Mathematical Institut
e\, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter\, Woodstock Road)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
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SUMMARY:Modelling genes: the backwards and forwards of mathematical popula
tion genetics - Professor Alison Etheridge (University of Oxford)
DTSTART;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20160630T160000Z
DTEND;VALUE=DATE-TIME:20160630T170000Z
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DESCRIPTION:How can we explain the patterns of genetic variation in the wo
rld around us? The genetic composition of a population can be changed by n
atural selection\, mutation\, mating\, and other genetic\, ecological and
evolutionary mechanisms. How do they interact with one another\, and what
was their relative importance in shaping the patterns we see today? \n\nWh
ereas the pioneers of the field could only observe genetic variation indir
ectly\, by looking at traits of individuals in a population\, researchers
today have direct access to DNA sequences. But making sense of this wealth
of data presents a major scientific challenge and mathematical models pla
y a decisive role. This lecture will distil our understanding into workabl
e models and explore the remarkable power of simple mathematical caricatur
es in interrogating modern genetic data.\n \nAlison Etheridge FRS is Profe
ssor of Probability in the University of Oxford.\n\n30 June 2016\n5.00-6.0
0pm\nLecture Theatre 1\nMathematical Institute\nOxford\n \nPlease email ex
ternal-relations@maths.ox.ac.uk to register\n\nSpeakers:\nProfessor Alison
Etheridge (University of Oxford)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Theatre 1\, Mathematical Institut
e\, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter\, Woodstock Road)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6
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URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/036a56e8-fac7-4caf-a3c8-97f2772f46ac/
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