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 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.

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Oxford Mathematics London Public Lecture: Timothy Gowers  Productive generalization: one reason we will never run out of interesting mathematical questions
In our Oxford Mathematics London Public Lecture Tim Gowers uses the principle of generalization to show how mathematics progresses in its relentless pursuit of problems. After the lecture in a fascinating Q&A with Hannah Fry, Tim discusses how he approaches problems, both mathematical and personal.
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets. 
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Oxford Mathematics Newcastle Public Lecture: Vicky Neale  in Maths
Mathematics has no place for emotion, its practitioners are positively unemotional. True? Well, no. In fact 10 out of 10 untrue. Mathematics and mathematicians are also on the emotional rollercoaster. Vicky Neale is one of them. The Oxford Mathematics Newcastle Public Lecture was a partnership with Northumbria University and the latest in our series of lectures outside Oxford as we spread the word about mathematics and mathematicians around the UK and beyond.
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets. 
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Fashion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe  Roger Penrose
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.

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Jon Chapman  Waves and resonance: from musical instruments to vacuum cleaners, via metamaterials and invisibility cloaks
Via guitars, clarinets and a musical saw to the noise reduction in a vaccum cleaner, Jon Chapman explains the role of waves in the sounds we hear and don't hear. Jon Chapman is Professor of Mathematics and Its Applications in the University of Oxford.
Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures are generously supported by XTX Markets.