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.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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 he’s got a great sense of humour.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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.

Rating: 5 out of 5.