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Catch up on our lectures from the 2013-2014 season
Exploring the amazing heart: the devil's in the detail
Professor Peter Kohl (NHLI) looks at the intricacies of what is arguably the most important organ in the body and how it adapts so quickly to different conditions.
Does beauty hold the key?
Professor Ulrik Egede (Physics) examines how particles called beauty mesons could be key to understanding the nature of dark matter in the universe.
Bright, flexible, stretchable: electronics of the future
Professor Thomas Anthopoulos (Physics) looks at the science behind some of the materials that will revolutionise the electronics industry.
The random universe
Find out how the oldest light in the universe is helping develop the newest theories about its creation and existence, with Professor Andrew Jaffe (Physics).
Should you believe everything you see and interact with online?
Professor Michael Huth’s (Computing) inaugural lecture analyses trust-based evidence in computing, which affects everyday issues such as online shopping and banking.
Professor Toby Gee (Mathematics) takes a three thousand year journey in the field of geometry and algebra via breakthroughs in the Age of Enlightenment and towards a unifying principle in mathematics, the Langlands program.
Robotics of humans, robotics for humans
Discover how researchers are enhancing the way robots learn from human interactions to aid rehabilitation from serious brain trauma, with Professor Etienne Burdet (Bioengineering).
End to end: telomeres and ageing
Nobel Laureate Dr Elizabeth Blackburn from the University of California, San Francisco, delivers the 2013 Schrödinger Lecture.
Find out how molecules behave and how modelling can help predict ways to improve their functions, with Professor Erich Muller (Chemical Engineering).
From vacuums to mapping, Professor Andrew Davison (Computing) discusses how his work enhances the ways that robotic instruments perceive and interpret their surroundings.
Can autonomous machines be trusted?
Professor Alessio Lomuscio (Computing) explores developments in programming that have led to machines that can control many aspects of our day-to-day life.
HIV today, gone tomorrow?
As treatments for HIV improve,Professor Sheena McCormack’s (Medicine) inaugural lecture shows how engaging with ‘at risk’ groups is vital to ensure medicines continue to be administered and explains the results of trials for preventative therapies.
Going to greater lengths: quantum-mechanical simulations of real materials
Professor Peter Haynes (Physics and Materials) explains the thinking behind the aim of creating new products by modelling materials that do not yet exist.
Randomness, dynamics and risk
The inaugural lecture of Professor Damiano Brigo (Mathematics) explores how randomness and risk are interlinked in science and society.
Thermonuclear fusion versus Murphy’s law
Nuclear fusion powers the stars and could be an almost inexhaustible source of clean, renewable energy on Earth.Professor Jeremy Chittenden (Physics) asks: Are we getting close?
Cosmology in the dark
The universe is puzzling. 95% is unknown dark matter and dark energy. Is there room for mysterious energy fields or extra dimensions? Professor Alan Heavens (Physics) discusses, in his inaugural lecture.
Other lectures in the 2013-2014 season
Professor James Moore Jnr (Bioengineering) – Lymphatic pumping: the uphill struggle of the body’s sewer system
Professor Matt Jackson (Earth Science and Engineering) – The scientist! in an adventure with rocks, oil, water and volcanoes
Professor Sue Smith (NHLI) – Climbing the mountain: the academic imperative
Professor Danny Segal (Physics) – Trapped ions put the quantum into optics
Professor Alex Blakemore (Medicine) – Our glorious diversity
Professor Jane Davies (NHLI) – Bugs, drugs and genes: seeking new treatments for cystic fibrosis