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WHAT WE CANNOT KNOW (NO MATTER HOW MANY OMEGA 3 FISH OIL CAPSULES WE CONSUME…) - MAR 28 - 5.21PM

Marcus du Sautoy, "What We Cannot Know"

Well, what a difference 90 minutes can make - back at 2.30pm everything that could go wrong in the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre at Worcester College for Professor and broadcaster Jim Al-Khalili…did.
This time, same venue, same overcast sky, same stiff breeze, but the world had changed dramatically because EVERYTHING suddenly, and with no explanation…worked.
With a musical overture that could have been straight from the soundtrack of ‘Alien’, the audience of schoolchildren and more ‘senior’ individuals with long shaggy beards but clearly piercing intellects prepared for the arrival of Marcus du Sautoy. And they weren’t disappointed.
Very much a t-shirt, baseball cap and blue-suede shoes type of guy (if he’d ridden in on a Harley it wouldn’t have surprised me) he immediately established his ‘street’ credentials with the kind of energetic attitude you might see on the terraces at Emirates Stadium (and yes that’s appropriate because he’s an Arsenal fanatic).
Du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University (replacing Richard Dawkins) and frankly they couldn’t have picked a better man.
He’s FANTASTIC, unravelling the mysteries of science so even Donald Trump can follow them.
Talking about his new book “What We Cannot Know” which questions whether science can ever know it all, he proved a force majeure for lifting the lid on the simply unknowable.
Quite how mathematics can produce such a blisteringly good entertainer may in fact prove to be one of THE great mysteries. But until anyone can unravel that conundrum, I was just happy to wallow in a brilliance I didn’t understand but couldn’t get enough of…

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Global banking partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine