4 Podcast Episodes

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John Ball in conversation with Alain Goriely

The Secrets of Mathematics

John Ball is retiring as Sedleian Professor of Natural Philosophy, Oxford oldest Scientific Chair. In this interview he charts the journey of the Applied Mathematician.as the subject has developed over the last 50 years. Describing his struggles with exams and his time at Cambridge, Sussex and Heriot-Watt before coming to Oxford in 1996, John reflects on walking round St Petersburg with Perelman, his views on how to choose and pursue your research, his work at the International Mathematical Union and in Nepal and the vital importance of family (and football).

1hr 8mins

27 Jul 2018

Oxford Mathematics Public Lectures - Can Mathematics Understand the Brain?' - Alain Goriely

The Secrets of Mathematics

The human brain is the object of the ultimate intellectual egocentrism. It is also a source of endless scientific problems and an organ of such complexity that it is not clear that a mathematical approach is even possible, despite many attempts. In this talk Alain will use the brain to showcase how applied mathematics thrives on such challenges. Through mathematical modelling, we will see how we can gain insight into how the brain acquires its convoluted shape and what happens during trauma. We will also consider the dramatic but fascinating progression of neuro-degenerative diseases, and, eventually, hope to learn a bit about who we are before it is too late. Alain Goriely is Professor of Mathematical Modelling, University of Oxford and author of 'Applied Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction.'

54mins

16 Mar 2018

What Maths Really Does: From modelling the brain to modelling the climate - Alain Goriely

The Secrets of Mathematics

How has mathematics emerged over recent decades as the engine behind 21st century science? Alain Goriely looks at this question and more.

58mins

4 Dec 2014

What Maths Really Does: From modelling the brain to modelling the climate - Alain Goriely

The Secrets of Mathematics

How has mathematics emerged over recent decades as the engine behind 21st century science? Alain Goriely looks at this question and more.

58mins

4 Dec 2014