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The Christopher Zeeman Public Lectures on the Mathematical World

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Christopher Zeeman was the founding head of the Warwick Mathematics Institute. He was a visionary mathematician and an inspiring communicator. His skills in the latter direction may be glimpsed in these recordings of the Christmas Lectures delivered to the Royal Institution in 1978.

The purpose of these lectures is to explore together the numerous pathways connecting the different areas of mathematics with each other and with the world at large. The lectures will be designed to be accessible to the general public but also of interest to specialists.

The series is organised by Minhyong Kim, Christopher Zeeman Professor of Algebra, Geometry, and Public Understanding of Mathematics at the University of Warwick, who may be contacted for further information.


Current Event

No events will be held until the status of the covid-19 crisis is clarified.


Forthcoming Events


Why we need to rewrite the history of numbers

Karine Chemla (CNRS, France)

Archimedes and the Mediterranean

A joint lecture by Minhyong Kim and Jonathan Prag (Oxford, Classics)

Obeying and Not Obeying the Optical Rules: Logic and Non-Logic in Renaissance Art

Martin Kemp (Oxford, History of Art)

The Poetry and Science of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz

A joint lecture by Alice Brooke (Oxford, Medieval and Modern Languages) and Minhyong Kim

Science and the Imagination: Muriel Rukeyser's Biography of Josiah Willard Gibbs

A joint lecture by Rowena Epstein-Kennedy (Bristol, English) and Minhyong Kim