Past Public Lecture

21 November 2014
Robin Wilson

The entire history of mathematics in one hour, as illustrated by around 300 postage stamps featuring mathematics and mathematicians from across the world.

From Euclid to Euler, from Pythagoras to Poincaré, and from Fibonacci to the Fields Medals, all are featured in attractive, charming and sometimes bizarre stamps. No knowledge of mathematics or philately required.

14 November 2014
The atomic bomb and meltdowns like Fukushima have made nuclear power synonymous with global disaster. But what if we’ve got nuclear power wrong? An audience favourite at the Sundance Film Festival, 'Pandora's Promise' asks whether the one technology we fear most could save our planet from a climate catastrophe, while providing the energy needed to lift billions of people in the developing world out of poverty. Director Robert Stone and acclaimed climate change writer Mark Lynas will attend and take questions after the screening.
29 October 2014
Viktor Mayer-Schonberger
Big Data promises to change all sectors of our economy, and deeply affect our society. But beyond the current hype, what are Big Data's salient qualities, and do they warrant the high hopes? How will Big Data shape businesses, especially the financial services industry? What do we need to harness Big Data? And where are Big Data's limits? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in this talk
This lecture celebrates the opening of the Oxford-Nie Financial Big Data Laboratory made possible through the generous support of Financial Data Technologies Ltd. The lecture will be preceded by a brief opening ceremony presided over by Professor Andrew Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford and followed by a drinks reception.

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the University of Oxford's Internet Institute. He is also a faculty affiliate of Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Together with Kenneth Cukier he is the co-author of the international bestseller Big Data.





25 October 2014
26 October 2014

Struggling for ideas at the weekends? Learn how to draw with colour and discover the creation of colour from our natural environment. Have a go at making your own natural paint colours. Create your own mini planet inspired by alchemy and the Radcliffe Observatory. Paint making demonstrations throughout the day with artist Nabil Al. All materials provided. Suitable for all ages from 6 to 60. Invite your friends.