Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures and Events

Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures enable anyone with an interest in the subject to see the best mathematicians in action and to share their pleasure (and occasional pain). They are aimed at the General Public, schools and anyone who just wants to come along and hear a bit more about what maths is really about. To join the mailing list please email @email. Upcoming Public Lectures are listed below.

If you can't be here in person you can always view online. All our lectures are now broadcast live on our TwitterFacebook and YouTube pages and our live streaming service (check each lecture for the livestream address) and all remain accessible afterwards.

The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.

In addtion to Public Lectures we also host other public events including music and art exhibitions.

Past Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures

Jump down to Public Lectures and interviews online

You can view and download posters from previous events


Public Lectures Online

Mobilizing Mathematics For the Fight against Cancer - Trachette Jackson

Logging the World - Oliver Johnson

A Mathematical Journey through Literature - Sarah Hart

Does Life know about quantum mechanics? - Jim Al-Khalili

Around the World in 80 Games - Marcus du Sautoy

Four Ways of Thinking: Statistical, Interactive, Chaotic and Complex - David Sumpter

Envisioning Imagination -  Roger Penrose, Carlo Rovelli and Conrad Shawcross with Fatos Ustek

The Hat: An aperiodic monotile - Chaim Goodman-Strauss, Craig Kaplan, Marjorie Senechal with Henna Koivusalo.

A world from a sheet of paper - Tadashi Tokieda

The Magic of the Primes - James Maynard with Hannah Fry

Cascading Principles - Conrad Shawcross, Martin Bridson and James Sparks with Fatos Ustek

Anyone for a mince pi? Mathematical modelling of festive foods - Helen Wilson

The Signatures of Streams - Terry Lyons

The million-dollar shuffle: symmetry and complexity - Colva Roney-Dougal

A Mathematical Journey through Scales - Martin Hairer

Communicating Complex Statistical Ideas to the Public: Lessons from the Pandemic - David Spiegelhalter

Deep Maths - machine learning and mathematics - Alex Davies, Andras Juhasz, Marc Lackenby, Geordie Willimason & Jon Keating

Mathemalchemy: a mathematical and artistic adventure - Ingrid Daubechies

I is a Strange Loop - Marcus du Sautoy and Victoria Gould

From one extreme to another: the statistics of extreme events - Jon Keating

Spacetime Singularities - Roger Penrose, Dennis Lehmkuhl & Melvyn Bragg

Ideas for a Complex World - Anna Seigal

How Learning Ten Equations Can Improve Your Life - David Sumpter

How to Make the World Add Up - Tim Harford

Can maths tell us how to win at Fantasy Football? - Joshua Bull

Squirrels, Turing and Excitability - Mathematical Modelling in Biology, Ecology and Medicine - Philip Maini

Smartphones v COVID-19 - Renaud Lambiotte

How do Mathematicians Model Infectious Disease Outbreaks - Robin Thompson

Cheerios, iPhones and Dysons - Ian Griffiths

Artistic Mathematics: truth and beauty - Henry Segerman

Why Does Rudolph Have a Shiny Nose? - Chris Budd

Spin Networks: the quamtum structure of spacetime from Penrose's intuiition to Loop Quamtum Gravity - Carlo Rovelli

Oxford Mathematics Newcastle Public Lecture: 😊🤔😔😁😕😮😍 in Maths? - Vicky Neale

Oxford Mathematics London Public Lecture: Productive generalization: one reason we will never run out of interesting mathematical questions - Timothy Gowers

Waves and resonance: from musical instruments to vacuum cleaners, via metamaterials and invisibility cloaks - Jon Chapman

Soccermatics: could a Premier League team one day be managed by a mathematician? - David Sumpter

Walking on water: from biolocomotion to quantum foundations - John Bush

The Creativity Code: How AI is learning to write, paint and think - Marcus du Sautoy

The Universe Speaks in Numbers - Graham Farmelo

Knotty Problems - Marc Lackenby

The Num8er My5teries - Marcus du Sautoy

Chasing the dragon: tidal bores in the UK and elsewhere - Michael Berry

To a physicist I am a mathematician; to a mathematician, a physicst - Roger Penrose and Hannah Fry

Bach and the Cosmos - James Sparks and City of London SInfonia

Eschermatics - Roger Penrose

Atomistically inspired origami - Richard James

Numbers are Serious but they are also Fun - Michael Atiyah

Can Mathematics Understand the Brain? - Alain Goriely

Euler’s pioneering equation: ‘the most beautiful theorem in mathematics’ - Robin Wilson

Scaling the Maths of Life - Michael Bonsall

Can Yule solve my problems - Alex Bellos

Andrew Wiles London Public Lecture

The Seduction of Curves: The Lines of Beauty that Connect Mathematics, Art and the Nude - Allan McRobie

Maths v Disease - Julia Gog

Closing the Gap: the quest to understand prime numbers - Vicky Neale

The Law of the Few - Sanjeev Goyal 

The Sound of Symmetry and the Symmetry of Sound - Marcus du Sautoy 

The Butterfly Effect - What Does It Really Signify - Tim Palmer

Why the truth matters - Tim Harford

The Mathematics of Visual Illusions - Ian Stewart

How can we understand our complex economy - Doyne Farmer

Fashion, Faith and Fantasy - Roger Penrose

Modelling genes: the backwards and forwards of mathematical population genetics - Alison Etheridge

What We Cannot Know - Marcus du Sautoy

The Travelling Santa Problem and Other Seasonal Challenges - Marcus du Sautoy

Symmetry, Spaces and Undecidability - Martin Bridson

M.C. Escher: Artist, Mathematician, Man - Roger Penrose and Jon Chapman

Dancing VorticesÉtienne Ghys

The Gömböc, the Turtle and the Evolution of Shape Gábor Domokos

Birth of an Idea: A Mathematical Adventure Cédric Villani

The History of Mathematics in 300 Stamps - Robin Wilson

What Maths Really Does - Alain Goriely

Forbidden Crystal Symmetry - Sir Roger Penrose

Big Data's Big Deal - Viktor Mayer-Schonberger

Love and Math - Edward Frenkel

Why there are no three-headed monsters, resolving some problems with brain tumours, divorce prediction and how to save marriages - James D Murray

Interviews with Mathematicians

John Ball on the journey of an applied mathematician - interview with Alain Goriely


Nigel Hitchin reflects with Martin Bridson


Roger Heath-Brown in conversation with Ben Green


Roger Penrose interviewed by Andrew Hodges – part one


Roger Penrose interviewed by Andrew Hodges – part two


Michael Atiyah interviewed by Paul Tod


Jim Murray interviewed by Philip Maini


Bryce McLeod Interviewed by John Ball



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