To prepare competitors and spectators for London 2012, we cast a mathematical eye over a wide range of Olympic sporting events. A little elementary maths can help us appreciate more fully what is going on in a range of running, swimming, jumping, throwing, paddling, lifting, swinging and wheelchair racing events. We will also examine some of the strange scoring systems that sports employ.
Throughout the 20th century, films used the monstrous to explore concerns about intervention and normality. This second series of 'Reproduction on Film' presents works featuring various artificial and natural monsters, examining anxieties about science, sex, relationships, parenthood and social marginalisation.
Gert-Jan de Haas, neuropsychologist and musician, takes us on a journey through the musical brain via dancing parrots, snails, a cup of tea and the important principle of ‘not not’. He explains how what is known about general brain functions can be applied to learning and performing music and why it is that the musical brain really knows nothing!