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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 BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller The Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Princeton University Press Prestige publishing partner British Academy Festival academic partner Emily Rose and James Marrow Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Supporters of the programme of American literature and culture Marlene Hauser Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 12th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College: Festival college partner. The Feathers Hotel Woodstock festival hotel Critchleys Accountants to the festival Owen Mumford Sponsor of programme on science and medicine HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Felicity Bryan Associates Conference Oxford Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Schoolreaders The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Chamberlain Evans Estate agents Ironbridge Gorge Museums Foodbuy Siren Communications Siren Communications - corporate consultants Chêne Bleu Wines of Provence Frescobaldi Toscana Wines of Tuscany Symington Wines of the Douro Valley Seacourt Printers Festival printers Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Compassion in World Farming The Wild Geese Nicholas Hunter Ltd