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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 BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press Massachusetts Institute of Technology 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 Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Bayard Presse Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services Steer