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Christmas Science Lectures

Tags: KS3, KS4, Prime Numbers

Why did Beckham chose the 23 shirt? What makes prime numbers special? Marcus du Sautoy sheds light on the so-called 'masculine' numbers, and explains why prime numbers will help you survive.

Prime numbers are vital in internet security. Dr Richard Earl of the Mathematical Institute, Oxford presents a talk about what prime numbers are, why mathematicians are intrigued by them, and how without them Amazon wouldn't exist.

Oxford Impacts

Tags: KS4, KS5, Applied Maths


Professor Paul Klemperer on how auction maths can make markets work better: and how academic research (in this case, on geometry) can be turned immediately into real-world policy.



What next for citizen science? Professor Steve Roberts on how advanced maths can make the findings of this exciting new field more useful.



Professor David Gavaghan on mathematical models of the heart, and making them work better to allow for predictions of heart function.



Dr Mason Porter discusses the beauty of network maths, and how he and his colleagues have pioneered a programme to teach others about this vital area of mathematical understanding.

Mathematics and the Arts

As you enter the new Mathematical Institute here in Oxford you are confronted with a pattern of beauty and intrigue. Designed by Sir Roger Penrose, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, and expanding on his discovery of almost thirty years ago, the Penrose Paving is constructed from just two different diamond-shaped granite tiles.


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


From composers to painters, writers to choreographers, the mathematician's palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has proved a powerful inspiration. Professor du Sautoy will explore the hidden mathematical ideas that underpin the arts.



Sir Roger Penrose provides a unique insight into the "forbidden symmetry" of his famous penrose tiles and the use of non-repeating patterns in design and architecture.

Mathematics and Computer Science

Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica and Wolfram Alpha, gives a talk about the future of mathematics and computation.

Luc Steels delivers the 2012 Simonyi lecture and asks can machines be creative enough to invent their own language?

Understanding the World Through Mathematics

Professor Marcus du Sautoy gives a talk on the mathematical limits of knowledge. From the irrational, to the chaotic and incomplete.

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.


Professor James D. Murray asks why there are no three-headed monsters, resolves some problems with brain tumours, and looks at how maths can be used in divorce prediction.

Marcus du Sautoy's Books

The Music of the Primes: a talk about the Riemann Hypothesis and primes.

Symmetry: a talk based on his second book, 'Finding Moonshine'.


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