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Gresham College Lectures (Audio)

Gresham College

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Free lectures from some of the world’s leading academics and public figures. Gresham College has been providing free public lectures since 1597, making us London’s oldest higher education institution. This podcast offers all of the most recent lectures from our archive of over 1,500 lectures that are free to access or download from the Gresham College website.

A history of one of the greatest mathematicians contribution to our understanding of the world: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/mobius-and-his-band Many people have heard of the Möbius band, a one-sided surface, but the work of August Möbius was more far reaching than just inventing a topological curiosity. His work in geometry,...

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Game Theory is a branch of mathematics which tells us how to outthink an opponent or competitor. The Prisoners' Dilemma is a paradox in which knowledge of Game Theory is dangerous: the sophisticated mathematician comes off disastrously worse than the ignoramus. For many years, the Prisoners' Dilemma was something of an embarrassment to the...

The environment has become a professional industry, but who is responsible for what, and how might it be improved?: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/professionally-green-environmental-challenges-and-uk-professional-bodies Many of the UK's professional bodies have an explicit or implicit environmental remit (such as the 'Chartered...

Eminent geneticist and scientist, Steve Jones, asks whether humans will evolve in the future: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/is-human-evolution-over Humans have evolved from ape-like ancestors over millions of years, of course; but also over thousands, for there are several cases in which we can identify natural selection - genetic...