Thinking Better- the art of the Shortcut

Calendar
Lectures
Date
Wednesday, 13 Oct 2021 7:30 pm
Url
https://www.ox.ac.uk/news-and-events/find-an-expert/professor-marcus-du-sautoy
Speaker
Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE FRS
Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics, Oxford University

Location

Royal Agricultural University - Sir Emrys Jones Lecture Theatre


Sir Emrys Jones Lecture Theatre, RAU, Cirencester GL7 6JS


Description

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 algorithms that help us find a new life partner.

As well as looking at the most useful shortcuts in history – such as measuring the circumference of the earth in 240 BC to diagrams that illustrate how modern GPS works – Marcus will also look at how you can use shortcuts in investing or how to learn a musical instrument to memory techniques.

Don’t miss this illuminating talk, packed full of clever strategies for daily complex problems.

Marcus du Sautoy  -  Oxford Mathematician

Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2008 he was appointed to the university’s prestigious professorship as the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science, a post previously held by Richard Dawkins. He has presented numerous radio and TV programmes, including a four-part landmark TV series for the BBC called The Story of Maths. He works extensively with a range of arts organisations bringing science alive for the public, from the Royal Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival.

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