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Mathematical modelling with Lisa Jardine

Lisa Jardine discusses how maths has taken on a life of its own with James Owen Weatherall, Kenneth Cukier, Marcus du Sautoy and Tiffany Jenkins.

On Start the Week Lisa Jardine discusses how complex maths has broken free of the laboratory and now influences every aspect of our lives. James Owen Weatherall applauds the take-over of the financial world by physicists, Marcus du Sautoy revels in the numbers and Kenneth Cukier explores how big data will change everything from disease control to bargain buys. But the cultural commentator Tiffany Jenkins sounds a note of caution about a world where everything is measurable.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Kenneth Cukier

Kenneth Neil Cukier is the Data Editor of The Economist.


Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think, co-written with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, is published by John Murray.


Kenneth Neil Cukier

Marcus du Sautoy

Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Wadham College.


Marcus will give a ‘performance lecture’, entitled “Consciousness”, at the Barbican on Saturday 2 March at 7.30pm.


Marcus du Sautoy


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James Owen Weatherall

James Owen Weatherall is Assistant Professor of Logic and the Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine.


The Physics of Finance – Predicting the Unpredictable: Can Science Beat the Market? is published by Short Books.


James Owen Weatherall

Tiffany Jenkins

Dr Tiffany Jenkins is an independent sociologist and cultural commentator.


Keeping Their Marbles: How the Treasures of Antiquity Ended Up in Museums – And Why They Should Stay will be published by Oxford University Press in the autumn.


Dr Tiffany Jenkins


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