Previous Popular Lectures

Since 1982, the London Mathematical Society has hosted its annual free Popular Lectures to inspire interest in mathematics.  A full list of speakers and the lecture titles is below.

 

2015 - To mark the 150th Anniversary of the LMS, additional Popular Lectures were held.

The Mathematics of Randomness - Professor Martin Hairer, FRS

How Many....? (Estimating Population Sizes) - Professor Ruth King

A good new millinnium for prime numbers - Professor Ben Green, FRS

Patterns in human behaviour - Dr Hannah Fry

Party Hard! The Maths of Connections - Dr Colva Roney-Dougal

The Mathematics of Processing Digital Images - Dr Joan Lasenby

2014

What's in a number - Kevin Buzzard

Epidemics and Viruses: the mathematics of disease - Julia Gog

2013

Mathematics in the CourtroomRay Hill

Addictive Number TheoryVicky Neale

2012

Can Anything be Salvaged from the Wreckage of Hilbert’s Dream?Tim Gowers

On Attempting to Model the Mathematical MindRoger Penrose

2011

Symmetry, Chance & Determinism - Colva Roney-Dougal 

How Climate Models Work and Could They Be Better? - Hilary Weller

2010

Modelling the Circle of Life: How Maths Untangles Knotty DNA Questions - Dorothy Buck
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Clutching at Random Straws - Matt Parker

2009

Hollywood's Hippest Mathematics: random matrices and Riemann zeros - Dr Nina Snaith

The Scale of Things - Dr Mark Miodownik

2008

Toy models - Dr Tadashi Tokieda

Know your enemy - viruses under the mathematical microscope - Dr Reidun Twarock

2007

Chaos and Crochet - Dr Hinke Osinga

Knots - Dr Stephen Huggett

2006

From Magic Squares to Sudoku - Dr Emma McCoy

How likely is that? - Dr John Haigh

2005

The Mathematics of Shrek - Dr Joan Lasenby

What Computers Cannot Do - Dr Alan Slomson

2004

Big Money Mathematics - Professor Ken Binmore

A Spoonful of Maths Helps the Medicine Go Down - Professor Helen Byrne

2003

Mathematics, Magic and the Electric Guitar - Dr David Acheson

The Music of the Primes - Professor Marcus du Sautoy

2002

Our Dynamic Sun - Dr Helen Mason

Geometry Ancient & ModernDr John Silvester

2001

Codes - Professor Peter Cameron

Simulating the world - Professor Chris Budd

2000

Simplicity and Complexity - Professor John Barrow

Fractals - the New Geometry - Professor Kenneth Falconer

1999

Floating, Spinning, Tumbling - Dr Frank Berkshire

Tangent Circles – Patterns and Packings - Professor Caroline Series

1998

Giraffe Blood Flow and Pattern Forming Bacteria - Tim Pedley

Marrying, Voting, Choosing - Tom Körner

1997

Staying Ahead of the Opposition – Mike Atkinson

How to Study Random Shapes – John Kent

1996

New Wine in Old Bottles – Peter Hilton

Bubbles and Dinosaurs – Michael Sewell

1995

Measuring the Marigold – Peter Saunders

Wild Geometry – Nigel Ray

1994

Fermat’s Last Theorem – Richard Pinch

Juggling – Colin Wright

1993

How to see Objects in Four Dimensions – S. A. Robertson

Optimisation of Running and Jumping – R. McNeill Alexander

1992

A Breakthrough in Algebra – Peter Neumann

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose – Leslie Mustoe

1991

Four Encounters with Sierpinski’s Gasket – Ian Stewart

Wallpaper Patterns in Different Geometries – Alan Beardon

1990

Designing Experiments with Allowance for Interfering Neighbours – Rosemary Bailey

Geometry and Computers – Peter Giblin

1989

Asymptotic Approximations Simplified – F.G. Leppington

Stamping Through Mathematics – R.J. Wilson

1988

How Should a Mathematician Think About Shape – D.G. Kendall

Chaology – M. V. Berry

1987

Games that Solve ProblemsW. A. Hodges

Codes and Ciphers – F. C. Piper

1986

The Rise and Fall of Matrices – W. Lederman

Games Animals Play – J. Maynard Smith

1985

Discovering Mathematics with the Computer – R. J. Churchhouse

Mathematics and the Law – D. V. Lindley

1984

The Fascination of Knots – Ronald Brown

Cosmic Geometry – Roger Penrose

1983

Hopping Mad: the Mathematics of Probability – D Williams

The Discovery of Perspective in the Renaissance – E. C. Zeeman

1982

Infinity: How Big is it? Who Invented it, Can you do Maths With Inifinte Numbers? – Keith Devlin

Mathematics of Weather Forecasting – James Lighthill