Professor Marcus Du Sautoy’s lectures take us on a grand tour of the fascinating world of mathematics. From numbers to shapes and from codes to chaos, the num8er my5teries explore some of the great stories of mathematics.

Du Sautoy, who is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Wadham College, said:

"I became a mathematician because I attended the first CHRISTMAS LECTURES® dedicated to mathematics in 1978 and saw, for the first time, what mathematics is really about.

"It thrives as much on the enigmas we haven't explained as on the things we know. I hope these lectures will inspire the next generation of mathematicians who will crack the mathematical mysteries that still remain unsolved". 

The Lectures

The five lectures show how a small amount of maths can bring alive some of the most exciting mysteries of the universe.

Marcus breaks down popular misconceptions about maths by revealing how mathematics has helped build the modern world. Every time we download a song from i-Tunes, take a flight across the Atlantic or talk on our mobile phones, we are relying on the great inventions of mathematics.

At the heart of every lecture was a conundrum that has stumped mathematicians and for which a million dollar reward was offered for a solution. 

The 2006 CHRISTMAS LECTURES®  were originally broadcast on Channel Five and were supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

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    Professor Marcus Du Sautoy, 2006 Christmas Lectures.

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    Professor Marcus Du Sautoy, 2006 Christmas Lectures.

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    Professor Marcus Du Sautoy, 2006 Christmas Lectures.

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    Professor Marcus Du Sautoy, 2006 Christmas Lectures.

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