The Secrets of Mathematics Oxford University

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A series of talks and lectures from Oxford Mathematicians exploring the power and beauty of their subject. These talks would appeal to anyone interested in mathematics and its evergrowing range of applications from medicine to economics and beyond.

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Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture: Alan Champneys  Why pedestrian bridges wobble: Synchronisation and the wisdom of the crowd
So much noise, so many opinions. Perhaps time for Occam's Razor to start its scientific shaving? In this latest Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture Alan Champneys argues that Mathematics is at its best when it challenges assumptions. For example the wobbling of the Millennium Bridge in London in 2000.
Caused by crowds synchronising? Alan begs to differ. 
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Oxford Mathematics 3rd Year Student Lecture  Mathematical Models of Financial Derivatives
Our latest student lecture features the first lecture in the third year course on Mathematical Models of Financial Derivatives from Sam Cohen where we hear that the role of derivatives is not to make money but to avoid being exploited. We are making these lectures available to give an insight in to the student experience and how we teach. All lectures are followed by tutorials where pairs of students spend an hour with their tutor to go through the lectures and accompanying work sheets. An overview of the course and the relevant materials is available
here:
https://courses.maths.ox.ac.uk/node/42203 
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Oxford Mathematics 1st Year Student Lecture  Linear Algebra II
Our latest student lecture features the first lecture in the second term introductory course on Linear Algebra from leading Oxford Mathematician James Maynard. We are making these lectures available to give an insight in to
the student experience and how we teach. All lectures are followed by tutorials where pairs of students spend an hour with their tutor to go through the lectures and accompanying work sheets. An overview of the course and the relevant materials is available
here:
https://courses.maths.ox.ac.uk/node/43829 
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Oxford Mathematics Public Lecture: Ian Griffiths  Cheerios, iPhones and Dysons: going backwards in time with fluid mechanics
How do you make a starshaped Cheerio? How do they make the glass on your smartphone screen so flat? And how can you make a vacuum filter that removes the most dust before it blocks? All of these challenges fall under the umbrella of industrial mathematics and they all have a common theme: we know the final properties of the product we want to make and need to come up with a way of manufacturing this. Ian Griffiths demonstrates how we can use mathematics to start with the final desired product and trace the problem ‘back in time’ to manufacture products that would otherwise be impossible to produce.
Ian Griffiths is a Professor of Industrial Mathematics and a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford. 
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Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures  Carlo Rovelli  Spin networks: the quantum structure of spacetime from Penrose's intuition to Loop Quantum Gravity
Carlo Rovelli delivers The Roger Penrose Lecture on the Quantum structure of Spacetime. In developing the mathematical description of quantum spacetime, Loop Quantum Gravity stumbled upon a curious mathematical structure: graphs labelled by spins. This turned out to be precisely the structure of quantum space suggested by Roger Penrose two decades earlier, just on the basis of his intuition. Today these graphs with spin, called "spin networks" have become a common tool to explore the quantum properties of gravity. In this talk Carlo will tell this beautiful story and illustrate the current role of spin networks in the efforts to understand quantum gravity.
Carlo Rovelli is a Professor in the Centre de Physique Théorique de Luminy of AixMarseille University where he works mainly in the field of quantum gravity and is a founder of loop quantum gravity theory. His popularscience book 'Seven Brief Lesson on Physics' has been translated into 41 languages and has sold over a million copies worldwide.
The Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets. 
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Oxford Mathematics Christmas Public Lecture: Chris Budd  Why does Rudolf have a shiny nose?
From the unfairness of voting on TV shows to how Santa gets down so many narrow chimneys. Chris Budd take a mathematical look at the traditions of Christmas. Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.