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1
science
simonyi
maths
autism
psychology
development
Simon BaronCohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Cambridge, and Director of the Autism Research Centre, gives the 2016 Charles Simonyi Lecture on new research into autism.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:085334:000:file:297976:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/simonyilectures/20161021mathssimonyi.mp3
Simon BaronCohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Cambridge, and Director of the Autism Research Centre, gives the 2016 Charles Simonyi Lecture on new research into autism.
Simon BaronCohen, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Cambridge, and Director of the Autism Research Centre, gives the 2016 Charles Simonyi Lecture on new research into autism.
science,simonyi,maths,autism,psychology,development
Simon BaronCohen, Marcus du Sautoy
3763
Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:46:08 +0000

2
maths
faith
universe
Physics
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? In this lecture, based on his new book, Roger will argue that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential, may be leading today's researchers astray, most notably in three of science's most important areas  string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology. Yet Roger will also describe how fashion, faith, and fantasy have, ironically, also been invaluable in shaping his own work.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:084521:000:file:297479:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20161014_maths_penrose.mp3
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?
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? In this lecture, based on his new book, Roger will argue that fashion, faith, and fantasy, while sometimes productive and even essential, may be leading today's researchers astray, most notably in three of science's most important areas  string theory, quantum mechanics, and cosmology. Yet Roger will also describe how fashion, faith, and fantasy have, ironically, also been invaluable in shaping his own work.
maths,faith,universe,Physics,20161014
Roger Penrose
3665
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:17:30 +0100

3
maths
mathematics
mathematical puzzles
modern day
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 is the Guardian’s puzzle blogger as well as the author of several works of popular maths, including Puzzle Ninja, Can You Solve My Problems? and Alex’s Adventures in Numberland.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:084556:000:file:302020:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20171206alexbellos.mp3
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.
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 is the Guardian’s puzzle blogger as well as the author of several works of popular maths, including Puzzle Ninja, Can You Solve My Problems? and Alex’s Adventures in Numberland.
maths,mathematics,mathematical puzzles,modern day,20171206
Alex Bellos
2889
Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:08:18 +0000

4
maths
Physics
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. Along the way such luminaries as Michael Atiyah and Simon Donaldson play their part as Nigel talks about time spent with physicists in Cambridge, the Eureka moments when the answers take shape, to his final reflections on a career where the name Hitchin is attached to so many of the tools of modern geometry and which culminated in the award of the 2016 Shaw Prize.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:084629:000:file:297481:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20161014_maths_hitchens.mp3
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.
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. Along the way such luminaries as Michael Atiyah and Simon Donaldson play their part as Nigel talks about time spent with physicists in Cambridge, the Eureka moments when the answers take shape, to his final reflections on a career where the name Hitchin is attached to so many of the tools of modern geometry and which culminated in the award of the 2016 Shaw Prize.
maths,Physics,20161014
Nigel Hitching, Martin Bridson
4028
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:31:47 +0100

5
mathematics
number theory
analytic number theory
Roger HeathBrown is one of Oxford's foremost mathematicians. In this interview with fellow Oxford Mathematician Ben Green, Roger reflects on his influences, his achievements and the pleasures that the subject of mathematics has given him.
Roger HeathBrown's work in analytic number theory has been critical to the advances in the subject over the past thirty years and garnered Roger many prizes. On the eve of his retirement Roger spoke to Ben Green, Waynflete Professor of Mathematics in Oxford and himself a leading figure in the field of number theory.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:084745:000:file:297165:audio
https://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20160830_maths_greenbrown.mp3
Roger HeathBrown is one of Oxford's foremost mathematicians.
Roger HeathBrown is one of Oxford's foremost mathematicians. In this interview with fellow Oxford Mathematician Ben Green, Roger reflects on his influences, his achievements and the pleasures that the subject of mathematics has given him.
Roger HeathBrown's work in analytic number theory has been critical to the advances in the subject over the past thirty years and garnered Roger many prizes. On the eve of his retirement Roger spoke to Ben Green, Waynflete Professor of Mathematics in Oxford and himself a leading figure in the field of number theory.
mathematics,number theory,analytic number theory,20160830
Roger HeathBrown, Ben Green
2222
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 12:41:06 +0100

6
maths
genes
modelling
population genetics
genetics
population modelling
In this lecture Professor Alison Etheridge explores some of the simple mathematical caricatures that underpin our understanding of modern genetic data. How can we explain the patterns of genetic variation in the world around us? The genetic composition of a population can be changed by natural 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?
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:084911:000:file:296476:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20160630_maths_etheridge.mp3
In this lecture Professor Alison Etheridge explores some of the simple mathematical caricatures that underpin our understanding of modern genetic data.
In this lecture Professor Alison Etheridge explores some of the simple mathematical caricatures that underpin our understanding of modern genetic data. How can we explain the patterns of genetic variation in the world around us? The genetic composition of a population can be changed by natural 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?
maths,genes,modelling,population genetics,genetics,population modelling,20160630
Alison Etheridge
3224
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 14:35:38 +0100

7
maths
mathematics
Oxford Students discuss the Prime Number Theorem. Prime numbers have fascinated mathematicians since there were mathematicians to be fascinated, and The Prime Number Theorem is one of the crowning achievements of 19th century mathematics. The theorem answers, in a precise form, a very basic and naivesounding question: how many prime numbers are there? Proved in 1896, the theorem marked the culmination of a century of mathematical progress, and is also at the heart of one of the biggest unsolved problems in mathematics today.
Host: Aled Walker, 2nd year DPhil, Mathematics, Magdalen College
Guests: Simon Myerson, 4th year DPhil, Mathematics, Oriel College: Sofia Lindqvist, 1st year DPhil, Mathematics, Keble College, Jamie Beacom, 1st year DPhil, Mathematics, Balliol College.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:084405:000:file:295994:audio
https://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/ball/in_our_spare_time/20160609balliolsparetimeprimenumber.mp3
Oxford Students discuss the Prime Number Theorem.
Oxford Students discuss the Prime Number Theorem. Prime numbers have fascinated mathematicians since there were mathematicians to be fascinated, and The Prime Number Theorem is one of the crowning achievements of 19th century mathematics. The theorem answers, in a precise form, a very basic and naivesounding question: how many prime numbers are there? Proved in 1896, the theorem marked the culmination of a century of mathematical progress, and is also at the heart of one of the biggest unsolved problems in mathematics today.
Host: Aled Walker, 2nd year DPhil, Mathematics, Magdalen College
Guests: Simon Myerson, 4th year DPhil, Mathematics, Oriel College: Sofia Lindqvist, 1st year DPhil, Mathematics, Keble College, Jamie Beacom, 1st year DPhil, Mathematics, Balliol College.
maths,mathematics,20160609
Aled Walker, Simon Myerson, Sofia Lindqvist, Jamie Beacom
2282
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:11:35 +0100

8
maths
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?
'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 so complex that they are beyond the conception of our finite human brains? Can brains even investigate themselves or does the analysis enter an infinite loop from which it is impossible to rescue itself?
To coincide with the launch of his new book of the same title, Marcus du Sautoy will be answering (or not answering) those questions
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:091724:000:file:295676:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20160512_marcus_du_sautoy.mp3
Science is giving us unprecedented insight into the big questions that have challenged humanity.
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?
'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 so complex that they are beyond the conception of our finite human brains? Can brains even investigate themselves or does the analysis enter an infinite loop from which it is impossible to rescue itself?
To coincide with the launch of his new book of the same title, Marcus du Sautoy will be answering (or not answering) those questions
maths,20160512
Marcus du Sautoy
3349
Mon, 16 May 2016 13:05:28 +0100

9
maths
mathematics
numbers
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. The Oxford Mathematics Christmas Lecture is generously sponsored by GResearch  Researching investment ideas to predict financial markets.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:091803:000:file:293992:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20151216_maths_dusautoy.mp3
The Oxford Mathematics Christmas Public Lecture 2015 examined an aspect of Christmas not often considered: the mathematics.
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/byncsa/2.0/uk/
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. The Oxford Mathematics Christmas Lecture is generously sponsored by GResearch  Researching investment ideas to predict financial markets. Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShare Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/byncsa/2.0/uk/
maths,mathematics,numbers,20151216
Marcus du Sautoy
3456
Fri, 18 Dec 2015 12:29:41 +0000

10
geometry
symmetry
dimensions
group theory
undecidability
The understanding of the possible geometries in dimension 3 is one of the triumphs of 20th century mathematics. In this talk Martin Bridson explains why such an understanding is impossible in higher dimensions. When one wants to describe the symmetries of any object or system, in mathematics or everyday life, the right language to use is group theory. How might one go about understanding the universe of all groups and what kinds of novel geometry might emerge as we explore this universe?
Martin Bridson became Head of the Mathematical Institute on 01 October 2015. To mark the occasion he gave this Inaugural Chairman's Public Lecture.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:091850:000:file:293854:audio
https://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20151125_maths_bridson.mp3
The understanding of the possible geometries in dimension 3 is one of the triumphs of 20th century mathematics. In this talk Martin Bridson explains why such an understanding is impossible in higher dimensions.
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/byncsa/2.0/uk/
The understanding of the possible geometries in dimension 3 is one of the triumphs of 20th century mathematics. In this talk Martin Bridson explains why such an understanding is impossible in higher dimensions. When one wants to describe the symmetries of any object or system, in mathematics or everyday life, the right language to use is group theory. How might one go about understanding the universe of all groups and what kinds of novel geometry might emerge as we explore this universe?
Martin Bridson became Head of the Mathematical Institute on 01 October 2015. To mark the occasion he gave this Inaugural Chairman's Public Lecture. Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShare Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/byncsa/2.0/uk/
geometry,symmetry,dimensions,group theory,undecidability,20151125
Martin Bridson
3683
Mon, 07 Dec 2015 12:29:59 +0000

11
Higgs Boson
simonyi
oxford playhouse
Professor Melissa Franklin talks about her experiences working towards the discovery of the Higgs Boson and her work today at the Large Hadron Collider This entertaining lecture by experimental particle physicist, Professor Melissa Franklin (the first woman to achieve tenure in the Harvard Physics Department), is the latest in the Charles Simonyi annual lecture series. This series was set up in 1999 in order to promote the public understanding of Science
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:091925:000:file:297974:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/simonyilectures/20151106_simonyi_franklin.mp3
Professor Melissa Franklin talks about her experiences working towards the discovery of the Higgs Boson and her work today at the Large Hadron Collider
Professor Melissa Franklin talks about her experiences working towards the discovery of the Higgs Boson and her work today at the Large Hadron Collider This entertaining lecture by experimental particle physicist, Professor Melissa Franklin (the first woman to achieve tenure in the Harvard Physics Department), is the latest in the Charles Simonyi annual lecture series. This series was set up in 1999 in order to promote the public understanding of Science
Higgs Boson,simonyi,oxford playhouse,20151106
Melissa Franklin, Marcus du Sautoy
3082
Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:24:24 +0000

12
maths
geometry
art
art history
graphic art
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? In this lecture Roger Penrose and Jon Chapman not only show why Escher has won the artistic and mathematical hearts of mathematicians, but also why his art is inspiring both artists and mathematicians today, as captured in Jon's brilliant updating of Escher's 'Picture Gallery' to the new mathematics building in Oxford.
Please note the BBC film is not available on this film.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:091959:000:file:289236:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20151014_maths_escher_penrose.mp3
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?
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? In this lecture Roger Penrose and Jon Chapman not only show why Escher has won the artistic and mathematical hearts of mathematicians, but also why his art is inspiring both artists and mathematicians today, as captured in Jon's brilliant updating of Escher's 'Picture Gallery' to the new mathematics building in Oxford.
Please note the BBC film is not available on this film.
maths,geometry,art,art history,graphic art,20151014
Roger Penrose, Jon Chapman, Alain Goriely, Clem Hitchcock
4292
Wed, 28 Oct 2015 14:42:57 +0000

13
maths
geometry
gomboc
equilibrium.
Gabor 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. In 1995, Russian mathematician V.I. Arnold conjectured that convex, homogeneous solids with just two static balance points (weebles without a bottom weight) may exist. Ten years later the first Gomboc was built. Gabor Domokos, will describe his own part in the journey of discovery, the mathematics behind that journey and the curious relationship between the Gomboc and the turtle. He will also discuss Arnold's second major conjecture: the Gomboc in nature is not the origin, but the ultimate goal of shape evolution.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:092038:000:file:274360:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20150616_mathsgombocdomokos.mp3
Gabor 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.
Gabor 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. In 1995, Russian mathematician V.I. Arnold conjectured that convex, homogeneous solids with just two static balance points (weebles without a bottom weight) may exist. Ten years later the first Gomboc was built. Gabor Domokos, will describe his own part in the journey of discovery, the mathematics behind that journey and the curious relationship between the Gomboc and the turtle. He will also discuss Arnold's second major conjecture: the Gomboc in nature is not the origin, but the ultimate goal of shape evolution.
maths,geometry,gomboc,equilibrium.,20150616
Gábor Domokos
3063
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:43:03 +0100

14
maths
theorem
landau damping
plasma
What goes on inside the mind of a mathematician? Where does inspiration come from? Cedric Villani, winner of the most prestigious prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal, explains the process. Inaugural Titchmarsh Lecture 2015.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:101748:000:file:260294:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20150310_maths_villani.mp3
What goes on inside the mind of a mathematician? Where does inspiration come from? Cedric Villani, winner of the most prestigious prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal, explains the process. Inaugural Titchmarsh Lecture 2015.
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/byncsa/2.0/uk/
What goes on inside the mind of a mathematician? Where does inspiration come from? Cedric Villani, winner of the most prestigious prize in mathematics, the Fields Medal, explains the process. Inaugural Titchmarsh Lecture 2015. Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShare Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/byncsa/2.0/uk/
maths,theorem,landau damping,plasma,20150310
Cedric Villani
3431
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:46:11 +0000

15
maths
brain
modelling
science
research
21st century
How has mathematics emerged over recent decades as the engine behind 21st century science? Alain Goriely looks at this question and more.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:092145:000:file:239712:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/alumni/weekend14/190914_alumni_goriely.mp3
How has mathematics emerged over recent decades as the engine behind 21st century science? Alain Goriely looks at this question and more.
How has mathematics emerged over recent decades as the engine behind 21st century science? Alain Goriely looks at this question and more.
maths,brain,modelling,science,research,21st century,20140919
Alain Goriely
3535
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:24:42 +0000

16
symmetry
penrose
tiles
mathematical institute
architecture
Patterns
Worldrenowned mathematician Sir Roger Penrose, Oxford University, describes how crystalline symmetries are necessarily 2fold, 3fold, 4fold, or 6fold.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:092222:000:file:239212:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/alumni/weekend14/20140921_alumni_penrose.mp3
Worldrenowned mathematician Sir Roger Penrose, Oxford University, describes how crystalline symmetries are necessarily 2fold, 3fold, 4fold, or 6fold.
Worldrenowned mathematician Sir Roger Penrose, Oxford University, describes how crystalline symmetries are necessarily 2fold, 3fold, 4fold, or 6fold.
symmetry,penrose,tiles,mathematical institute,architecture,Patterns,20140921
Roger Penrose
3291
Thu, 04 Dec 2014 13:27:38 +0000

17
maths
stamps
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 Poincare, and from Fibonacci to the Fields Medals, all are featured in attractive, charming and sometimes bizarre stamps. No knowledge of mathematics or philately required.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:092331:000:file:247845:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20141121_maths_wilson.mp3
The entire history of mathematics in one hour, as illustrated by around 300 postage stamps featuring mathematics and mathematicians from across the world.
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 Poincare, and from Fibonacci to the Fields Medals, all are featured in attractive, charming and sometimes bizarre stamps. No knowledge of mathematics or philately required.
maths,stamps
Robin Wilson
3407
Wed, 03 Dec 2014 14:00:48 +0000

18
big data
data mining
Google
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? These are some of the questions that this talk addresses.
Speaker: Viktor MayerSchönberger
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:100431:000:file:320330:audio
https://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20141029_maths_mayerschonberger.mp3
Big Data promises to change all sectors of our economy, and deeply affect our society.
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/byncsa/2.0/uk/
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? These are some of the questions that this talk addresses.
Speaker: Viktor MayerSchönberger Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercialShare Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/byncsa/2.0/uk/
big data,data mining,Google,20141029
Viktor MayerSchonberger
2654
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:56:47 +0000

19
maths
twistor theory
relativity
quantum
consciousness
dark matter
conformal cyclic cosmology
microtubules
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. In the second session, the emphasis shifts to the recent developments in Roger Penrose's thought. He gives a very clear outline of his argument for Conformal Cyclic Cosmology as the correct description of the Big Bang. However, the conversation turns once again to the precursors of these ideas in the 1950s, with new anecdotes about Dirac and the origin of Roger Penrose’s geometrical innovations. Bringing the discussion up to the present moment, Roger Penrose describes the impact of recent observations of primordial magnetic fields and also addresses the significance of his own predictions for the form of dark matter.
In a closing segment, the discussion turns to the current discoveries in neurology and biophysics relevant to Roger Penrose’s theory of microtubules as advanced in Shadows of the Mind. The discussion ends tantalisingly with renewed speculation on the foundations of quantum mechanics and its relation to general relativity. Nonexperts will relish Sir Roger Penrose’s comment that 'To me eternity is not such a long time'.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:092756:000:file:226593:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20140520_maths_penrose_part_two.mp3
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.
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. In the second session, the emphasis shifts to the recent developments in Roger Penrose's thought. He gives a very clear outline of his argument for Conformal Cyclic Cosmology as the correct description of the Big Bang. However, the conversation turns once again to the precursors of these ideas in the 1950s, with new anecdotes about Dirac and the origin of Roger Penrose’s geometrical innovations. Bringing the discussion up to the present moment, Roger Penrose describes the impact of recent observations of primordial magnetic fields and also addresses the significance of his own predictions for the form of dark matter.
In a closing segment, the discussion turns to the current discoveries in neurology and biophysics relevant to Roger Penrose’s theory of microtubules as advanced in Shadows of the Mind. The discussion ends tantalisingly with renewed speculation on the foundations of quantum mechanics and its relation to general relativity. Nonexperts will relish Sir Roger Penrose’s comment that 'To me eternity is not such a long time'.
maths,twistor theory,relativity,quantum,consciousness,dark matter,conformal cyclic cosmology,microtubules,20140520
Roger Penrose, Andrew Hodges
2509
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:46:36 +0100

20
maths
twistor theory
relativity
quantum
consciousness
dark matter
conformal cyclic cosmology
microtubules
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. In the first session, Roger Penrose explains the impact of his time at Cambridge in the 1950s. The interview brings out his highly unconventional choice of subjects for deep study, which completely ignored the boundary between 'pure' and 'applied' mathematics. Those familiar with his worldleading development of relativity theory in the 1960s may be surprised to learn how much he was influenced by quantum theory in the 1950s, and also by the early origin of his new ideas.
Roger Penrose explains the influence of Dirac, Sciama and other leading figures of the 1950s, and goes on to characterise the emergence of twistor theory. Nonexperts will be interested to hear how the ideas of his bestknown work, The Emperor's New Mind, also had an origin in this early period. Roger Penrose also adds fascinating detail about the psychology of mathematical discovery, explaining how he was very slow at school, needing extra time to think issues through for himself. The mystery of time, in physics and human consciousness, runs through the entire conversation, and lights up even the most technical aspects of the discussion.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:092921:000:file:226591:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20140520_maths_penrose_part_one.mp3
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.
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. In the first session, Roger Penrose explains the impact of his time at Cambridge in the 1950s. The interview brings out his highly unconventional choice of subjects for deep study, which completely ignored the boundary between 'pure' and 'applied' mathematics. Those familiar with his worldleading development of relativity theory in the 1960s may be surprised to learn how much he was influenced by quantum theory in the 1950s, and also by the early origin of his new ideas.
Roger Penrose explains the influence of Dirac, Sciama and other leading figures of the 1950s, and goes on to characterise the emergence of twistor theory. Nonexperts will be interested to hear how the ideas of his bestknown work, The Emperor's New Mind, also had an origin in this early period. Roger Penrose also adds fascinating detail about the psychology of mathematical discovery, explaining how he was very slow at school, needing extra time to think issues through for himself. The mystery of time, in physics and human consciousness, runs through the entire conversation, and lights up even the most technical aspects of the discussion.
maths,twistor theory,relativity,quantum,consciousness,dark matter,conformal cyclic cosmology,microtubules,20140520
Roger Penrose, Andrew Hodges
3031
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 15:46:55 +0100

21
maths
algebraic geometry
k theory
index theory
instantons
monopoles
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.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:093000:000:file:223709:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20140422_maths_atiyah.mp3
In conversation with Paul Tod on the occasion of Sir Michael's 85th birthday conference.
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.
maths,algebraic geometry,k theory,index theory,instantons,monopoles,20140422
Paul, Tod, Michael Atiyah
1918
Mon, 12 May 2014 17:09:48 +0100

22
maths
biology
morphogenetics
marriage
divorce
cancer
brain tumour
Professor James D Murray, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford and Senior Scholar, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University, gives the annual Hooke Lecture. Understanding the generation and control of pattern and form is still a challenging and major problem in the biomedical sciences. I shall describe three very different problems.
First I shall briefly describe the development and application of the mechanical theory of morphogenesis and the discovery of morphogenetic laws in limb development and how it was used to move evolution backwards. I shall then describe a surprisingly informative model, now used clinically, for quantifying the growth of brain tumours, enhancing imaging techniques and quantifying individual patient treatment protocols prior to their use. Among other things, it is used to estimate patient life expectancy and explain why some patients live longer than others with the same treatment protocols.
Finally I shall describe an example from the social sciences which quantifies marital interaction that is used to predict marital stability and divorce. From a large study of newly married couples it had a 94 percent accuracy. I shall show how it has helped design a new scientific marital therapy which is currently used in clinical practice.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:093135:000:file:219630:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/20140306_Jim_Murray_Hooke_Lecture_2.mp3
Professor James D Murray, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford and Senior Scholar, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University, gives the annual Hooke Lecture.
Professor James D Murray, Professor Emeritus of Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford and Senior Scholar, Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton University, gives the annual Hooke Lecture. Understanding the generation and control of pattern and form is still a challenging and major problem in the biomedical sciences. I shall describe three very different problems.
First I shall briefly describe the development and application of the mechanical theory of morphogenesis and the discovery of morphogenetic laws in limb development and how it was used to move evolution backwards. I shall then describe a surprisingly informative model, now used clinically, for quantifying the growth of brain tumours, enhancing imaging techniques and quantifying individual patient treatment protocols prior to their use. Among other things, it is used to estimate patient life expectancy and explain why some patients live longer than others with the same treatment protocols.
Finally I shall describe an example from the social sciences which quantifies marital interaction that is used to predict marital stability and divorce. From a large study of newly married couples it had a 94 percent accuracy. I shall show how it has helped design a new scientific marital therapy which is currently used in clinical practice.
maths,biology,morphogenetics,marriage,divorce,cancer,brain tumour,20140304
James D Murray
4739
Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:12:20 +0000

23
maths
oxford
wisconsin
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.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:093348:000:file:218845:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/maths/oxfordmaths/20140123_maths_mcleod.mp3
A portrait of the contribution that Bryce McLeod has made to mathematics over his career together with his recollections of formative people and events.
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.
maths,oxford,wisconsin,20140123
Bryce McLeod, John Ball
3597
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:15:27 +0000

24
mathematics
art
literature
alumni
Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk for the 2013 Oxford Alumni Weekend. From composers to painters, writers to choreographers, the mathematician's palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has proved a powerful inspiration. Often subconsciously artists are drawn to the same structures that fascinate mathematicians, as they constantly hunt for interesting new structures to frame their creative process. Through the work of artists like Borges and Dali, Messiaen and Laban, Professor du Sautoy will explore the hidden mathematical ideas that underpin their creative output and reveal that the work of the mathematician is also driven by strong aesthetic values.
http://rss.oucs.ox.ac.uk/tag:20221215:093817:000:file:180285:audio
http://media.podcasts.ox.ac.uk/alumni/weekend13/20130921alumnidusautoy.mp3
Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk for the 2013 Oxford Alumni Weekend.
Professor Marcus du Sautoy (New College), Charles Simonyi Chair in the Public Understanding of Science, author and broadcaster gives a talk for the 2013 Oxford Alumni Weekend. From composers to painters, writers to choreographers, the mathematician's palette of shapes, patterns and numbers has proved a powerful inspiration. Often subconsciously artists are drawn to the same structures that fascinate mathematicians, as they constantly hunt for interesting new structures to frame their creative process. Through the work of artists like Borges and Dali, Messiaen and Laban, Professor du Sautoy will explore the hidden mathematical ideas that underpin their creative output and reveal that the work of the mathematician is also driven by strong aesthetic values.
mathematics,art,literature,alumni
Marcus du Sautoy
3101
Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:47:39 +0000