Speaker - John D. Barrow

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John D. Barrow FRS, former Gresham Professor of Geometry, has been Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge since 1999. He is carrying out research in mathematical physics, with special interest in cosmology, gravitation, particle physics and associated applied mathematics.

Since its inception in 1999 John Barrow has been the director of the Millennium Mathematics Project which aims to improve the understanding and appreciation of mathematics and its applications amongst young people and the general public. This has born fruit with the Project's receiving the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Educational Achievement in 2005. Further to this, he has received many awards and prizes for his own research in mathematics and astronomy, including the Locker Prize for Astronomy and the 2006 Templeton Prize.

He is the author of over 420 articles and 19 books, translated in 28 languages, exploring the wider historical, philosophical and cultural ramifications of developments in mathematics, physics and astronomy. He has also delivered lectures in a perhaps unique combination of locations including 10 Downing Street, Windsor Castle, the Vatican Palace and the Venice Film festival. He is also the author of the (Italian language) Infinities, which won the Italian Premi Ubu award for the best play in Italian theatre in 2002.

The appointment of Professor Barrow to the Geometry chair at Gresham College repeats a feat only previous achieved in 1652 by the founding member of the Royal Society, Lawrence Rooke. Having been a highly popular Astronomy professor between 2003 and 2007, Professor Barrow is only the second professor in Gresham College's four-century history to have been appointed to two separate chairs.

For his webpage at Gresham College, please go to this page of their website: John Barrow Biography on

16 Programs

John Barrow: Mathematics & Sport - Final Score

04.24.12 | 01:11:29 min | 0 comments

John Barrow: The Mathematics of Sport - Let's Twist Again

02.21.12 | 01:08:15 min | 0 comments

Mathematics and Sport: Records, Medals and Drug Taking

01.17.12 | 01:02:06 min | 0 comments

John D. Barrow: Strength and Power in Sport

12.13.11 | 01:02:23 min | 0 comments

John D. Barrow: How Fast Can Usain Bolt Run?

11.15.11 | 01:01:55 min | 0 comments

John D. Barrow: The Book of Universes

03.01.11 | 01:05:13 min | 3 comments

John D. Barrow: Doing Business in Interstellar Space

03.01.11 | 00:59:23 min | 0 comments

John D. Barrow: Benford’s Very Strange Law

02.01.11 | 01:01:21 min | 0 comments

The Uses of Irrationality: Paper and the Golden Ratio

01.11.11 | 00:56:16 min | 0 comments

John D. Barrow: The Bounce of the Superball

12.07.10 | 01:01:22 min | 0 comments

Gresham Professor John Barrow: Continued Fractions

11.16.10 | 01:03:18 min | 0 comments

Professor John Barrow: Math and Sports

03.09.10 | 00:00:00 min | 0 comments

John D. Barrow: The Math of Trains and Boats and Planes

02.09.10 | 01:08:12 min | 0 comments

John Barrow on Codebreaking in Everyday Life

01.12.10 | 01:00:57 min | 1 comment

John D. Barrow: The Maths of Sorting Things Out

11.24.09 | 01:05:45 min | 0 comments

John Barrow: Not Just About the Numbers

10.09.08 | 00:52:58 min | 1 comment