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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?

Bright, flexible, stretchable: electronics of the future

Should you believe everything you see and interact with online?

Elliptic curves

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.

Jiggling molecules

Find out how molecules behave and how modelling can help predict ways to improve their functions, with Professor Erich Muller (Chemical Engineering).

Robotic vision

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?

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

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