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Thinking Better- the art of the Shortcut
Wednesday, 13 Oct 2021 7:30 pm

How do you remember more and forget less? How can you earn more and become more creative?

With over 2,000 years of knowledge to draw on, mathematics is full of better ways of thinking. Shortcuts have enabled so much of human progress, whether in constructing the first cities around the Euphrates 5,000 years ago, using calculus to determine the scale of the universe or in writing today’s


Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE FRS
Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics, Oxford University

When three scientifically-minded Cirencester friends thought of forming a small group to enjoy talks on a range of scientific subjects, little could they have foreseen that twenty-one years later it would be flourishing with over 200 members.  Its name belies the wide area from which members come, stretching from Stroud in the West, northwards to Cheltenham and Malmesbury in the South. 

Each year the society holds a series of ten lectures on a varied selection of topics intended to appeal to a wide variety of interests and levels of scientific background.  Members include not only scientists, doctors and engineers but also many who have a general interest in science and technology.

Our friendly meetings are held at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of each month, usually at the Royal Agricultural University.  The CSTS is moving cautiously back to 'in-person' lectures at the RAU, but will also continue on-line streaming of its talks.  Our Zoom ID is 912 0723 6181, and an invitation e-mail is sent to members regularly.  If you are not a member but wish to attend a Zoom lecture, please contact us at .  A contribution of £3 is requested from non-members, which is waived for students.  All are welcome to join either audience.

 Students are admitted free. 

Exhibitions have been arranged in the past and visits are made regularly to places of scientific and technological interest, including wildlife reserves and museums. We also offer small educational grants to local schools and colleges for suitable projects, so far this year disbursing approximately £1,500 to three schools in the region.

This website also lists external events of note in its events calendar.


Details of the membership fees and directions to the main venues used by the Society can be found on the Members area of this website.

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