LGBT+ History Month with Corinne Humphreys & Michael Gunning
Subject: Equality & Diversity I enjoyed listening to these two speakers. Each had a different story. Each worth a listen. Negative: they didn’t record the Q&As. Positive: it’s therefore very short!
Waves and resonance: from musical instruments to vacuum cleaners, via metamaterials and invisibility cloaks, Professor Jon Chapman
Subject: Mathematics This lecture has everything: good graphics, visual aids, and a range of topics. It’s on the more technical side, but I was still able to follow it enough. And it’s excellent to know how invisibility cloaks could work. NB. To find the lecture in the link below use Ctrl+F and search for Chapman.
How Plants Do it: Light, Oxygen, Action! Professor Vittal Yachandra
Subject: Biology I loved this lecture. It’s a simple topic, but you realise how little we actually know about photosynthesis and how it’s crucial in understanding how we can help the planet. It also gives a good picture of the life of a scientist and how much progress in technology has helped scientific research. And…
Dyslexia at Oxford: 21 Conversations about Dyslexia
Subject: Equality & Diversity This isn’t a lecture, but it’s in a similar genre. As the title says, it’s 21 conversations about dyslexia and it’s very well worth watching.
Things are going downhill fast: Understanding massive landslides by Professor Dave Petley
Subject: Geography This lecture really highlights the devastation that landslides cause, and give a real depth of knowledge of different types of landslide. One downside: the videos don’t work. BUT you can look them up on YouTube. Sadly this means that it takes more effort than it should. But the landslides are horrifically fascinating.
The Creativity Code: How AI is learning to write, paint and think, Professor Marcus du Sautoy
Subject: Artifical Intelligence This lecture really makes you think about what we deem as “art”. There’s also some good testing/surveying of the audience, so you can join in too. You can expect Marcus du Sautoy to give a good lecture and he does. NB. to find the lecture use Ctrl +F on the linked page.
Should the UK grow more food? Professor Tim Lang
Subject: Sustainability This is a life changing lecture. Well, it got me back buying a veg box again. But it does make you think about what we eat, even if it sometimes leaves me more confused about what I should purchase. I love his holistic approach to sourcing food. And he is clearly so passionate…
Professor of Poetry Lecture with Alice Oswald: Interview with Water
Subject: Poetry This lecture is a delight to the ear. It’s much more a piece of performance art than a lecture. Just immerse yourself in the beauty of poetry and water and the Iliad. My husband knows nothing of the Iliad, and he really enjoyed it.
Everything from nothing: how our universe was made by Professor Carlos Frenk
Subject: Cosmology We really liked this lecture. Prof Frenk adds an excellent storytelling patter to a complex subject. And he’s quite humorous. The topic of “the Universe” is wonderful. The graphics are fantastic. We learnt a lot. Plus we loved the title. Spoiler alert: Prof Frenk did not make the universe.
How to choose a lecture
These are the things we have learnt to do whilst choosing a lecture: Step 1: get your search engine going! I’ve found the easiest way to find them is to search for an institution and go through their public lectures. Watch out! A lot of public lectures on websites are details of lectures which are…
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