Tuesday 14 September 2021


Professor Marcus du Sautoy

Oxford Professor of Mathematics

The Art of the Shortcut, in collaboration with How to Academy

How do you remember more and forget less? How can you earn more and become more creative?

With over 2,000 years of knowledge to draw on, mathematics is full of better ways of thinking. Shortcuts have enabled so much of human progress, whether in constructing the first cities around the Euphrates 5,000 years ago, using calculus to determine the scale of the universe or in writing today’s algorithms that help us find a new life partner.

Professor Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 2008 he was appointed to the university’s prestigious professorship as the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science, a post previously held by Richard Dawkins. He has presented numerous radio and TV programmes, including a four-part landmark TV series for the BBC called The Story of Maths. He works extensively with a range of arts organisations bringing science alive for the public, from the Royal Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival.