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Professor Chris Wickham

Randomness and order

What does randomness and order mean in a historical context?In the Randomness and Order conference, I interpreted the randomness question in terms of the historical past and how you turn it into history by ordering it.  

Atomic series. Interplay of lights and fractal elements on the subject of quantum mechanics, particle physics and energy.

Professor Ian Walmsley

Randomness and order

What does randomness and order mean in quantum physics?

Galaxy (Collage from images from www.nasa.gov).

Robert MacLaren and Nightstar

Entrepreneurial academics

Professor Robert MacLaren, from the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, gives us an insight into his life as an entrepreneurial academic surgeon – a busy life, and one that gave rise to a gene therapy for an inherited form of progressive blindness called choroideremia.
the word 'entrepreneur'

Mina Bekheet and Oxford Biotech

Entrepreneurial academics

Mina Bekheet is a 2nd-year DPhil (PhD) student in the Department of Oncology and co-founder and President of Oxford Biotech (OB), a student-led biotech communication and transfer platform. OB aims to get academia, industry and government to talk to each other and share ideas and, in turn, 'translate innovative science into disruptive business'.
Onfido Team, image rights: Onfido

Husayn Kassai and Onfido

Entrepreneurial academics

A determined group of friends at Oxford University founded Onfido, a successful start-up that has raised $4.5 million in funding to help it grow in new markets (particularly the US). Onfido offers a service that automates background checks on prospective employees before they are accepted for work.
Food at an Indian market

Taxes on goods and services 'linked with increased infant mortality'


A new study published in The Lancet suggests that taxes on goods and services could potentially increase infant mortality in developing countries because they make it harder for poor families to...
People on the streets of New York

Claims about the decline of the West are ‘exaggerated’


The publication in the journal, Population Studies, by Professor David Coleman and Associate Professor Stuart Basten, provides a more optimistic demographic picture of the future in the West, in contrast to the commonly accepted narrative.

site of Batadomba-lena in Sri Lanka, where the oldest 20,000 year old teeth were discovered.

Early humans adapted to living in rainforests much sooner than thought


This study, published in the early online edition of the journal, Science, shows that early modern humans adapted to living in the rainforest for long periods of time.

Christ Church cathedral

Professor Graham Ward

Being human

'I would make a distinction between conventions (like tying a tie) and rituals. Rituals are religious but not necessarily in an overtly Christian or traditional way. You might get people who obsessively wash their hands, and underneath that is a fear of pollution, it’s about purification.'
Businessman in blue suit tying the necktie: a ritual of sorts

Professor Harvey Whitehouse

Being human

'Rituals are important to us as a species. Our success has, in part, been due to our ability to co-operate in a way that is unusual in the animal kingdom. Rituals provide a kind of gadget for facilitating that co-operation. Rituals are all pervasive in human activity – we adopt them without really realising it.'
Facebook notifications of friend request ,message and notification on a smart phone. Facebook is a social networking service, owned and operated by Facebook, Inc.

The Internet Institute

Manuscript to megabyte

'At the dawn of the millennium we had a world in which just over 5% of humanity was connected to the Internet. Only 15 years later, we are approaching a world in which the majority of the population has access. The vast majority of these new connections are in low- and middle-income countries.'
Detail of Cornelia Parker working on Magna Carta (An Embroidery) Photograph Joseph Turp

The Ruskin School of Art

Manuscript to megabyte

'At the Ruskin School of Art, our research programme includes cross-disciplinary commissions with established and emerging artists. We bring artists to Oxford so that they can work with different faculties across the University.'
Ancient Greek writing chiseled on stone

Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents

Manuscript to megabyte

Dr Jane Masséglia is a research fellow for AshLI (the Ashmolean Latin Inscription Project) working to encourage general public engagement with translating ancient documents.
Pressure ridge and melt water at the Geographic North Pole

Caitlin Black

Making sense of the numbers

Caitlin works with Dr Tom Hart to collect and analyse vast numbers of photos of penguins in the Southern Ocean. By setting up a series of cameras around the penguins' habitat, they have collected unprecedented amounts of information on the penguins’ behaviour during the breeding season.
Robot car

Professor Paul Newman

Making sense of the numbers

Paul Newman is BP Professor in Information Engineering at the University, and heads up the Oxford Mobile Robotics Group (MRG), and its spin-out ‘Oxbotica’.
The Maths Institute in the Andrew Wiles building, Radcliffe Observatory

Professor Alain Goriely

Making sense of the numbers

'Mathematical modelling is one of the branches of applied mathematics which takes a question from any of the social, life, medical or physical sciences and transforms it into a mathematical statement that can then be analysed through mathematical methods.'
Mike Mason

Mike Mason

Making sense of the numbers

Mike Mason's current research, as a DPhil student at Christ Church, tries to challenge the way we think about biomass – 'a grossly undervalued renewable energy'. Specifically, he is interested in how we can harness methane (a significant byproduct of digestion in cows) to unlock a huge new renewable energy opportunity.
Subtropical forests in Nepal

Yadvinder Malhi

Our place in the world

'I went to the Amazon on a very technical research project to measure carbon dioxide emissions. But I found myself bewitched and seduced by everything about the rainforest.'
Law scales on table

Dr David Edmonds

Our place in the world

100,000 years ago we didn’t have to worry about people on the other side of the world – we may not even have known about people on the other side of the valley. But although we now know about people in distant lands, we don’t have moral intuitions that reflect that. It’s difficult to bring our intuitions in line with our rational theory.

Is journalism inherently pessimistic? Why is there so much ‘bad news’?

Our place in the world

'I think we have to start with journalism to understand news. News is what journalists make. And the tension that we see there is between two different ideals for the profession that are overlapping but not identical.'


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