Public talks, lectures and workshops:
Here are a collection of some of my stand alone public talks PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND USE them for any
reasonable educational purpose.
** Note ** that you can find my workshops, which
are talks plus worksheets in workshops
- My 24 Gresham lectures on the subjects of Maths
and the Making of the Modern World.
The talks cover the four areas of
(i) Mathematical modelling (including chaos, climate, cocoa, cancer and saving the whales)
(ii) Algorithms, good, bad, and mutant (including machine learning, Big Data, Page Rank, movies, CDs, GPS, and how maths can save your
(iii) Maths and the human world (including mathematical cities, mathematical education, maths and art, maths and voting, and crowd behaviour)
(iv) Maths in history
(including 500 years of maths, mathematical myths, my favourite equations, and what have mathematicians done for us?)
Each lecture has a video, a transcript and a power-point which you can download.
- How maths helps us to fight COVID-19
- Mathematical models for climate, the good, the bad and the
- The Mathematics of Mordor
a mathematical look at the Lord of the Rings
- Why does Rudolph have a shiny nose? some magical
mathematics for the festive season.
75 Years of Radar a talk for all ages, originally presented to the
British Science Festival to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the invention of Radar (July 2010)
Tipping points in life and nature
Maths in and out of the zoo a talk for all ages, presented at ICIAM
in Vancouver showing the may ways that maths can be found in the zoo, and what happens when this exotic animal escapes into the real world.
- The maths of food and drink
- Maths and the making of the modern world
- Living in a complex world
Maths Makes Waves A talk on waves presented at the British Science Festival.
e, i, pi and all that a Yr 12 talk on Euler's famous formula exp(i pi) = -1.
What have mathematicians done for us? a talk for all ages showing the contribution that mathematicians
have made to civilisation.
Teaching, and learning, maths by using toys
Diversity and equality in mathematics at Higher Education"
[University of Bath]
[Dept. of Mathematics]