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The Beauty of Mathematics

Our Sunday music and science series connects Bach and the mysteries of prime numbers, with Oxford University's Dr Vicky Neale.
Oxford, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford £5 - £15

Bach Der Herr denket an uns (The Lord hath been mindful of us) BWV 196

Dr Vicky Neale Whitehead Lecturer at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

Steven Devine director
Sofia Larsson
Hugo Hymas tenor
Jonathan Brown bass

Bach, the Universe and Everything is our very own Sunday service for inquiring and curious minds; a place to bond with music lovers and revel in the wonders of science.

The science

You’ve heard that some people find mathematics as beautiful as Bach’s music, but you’re not really sure why. Dr Vicky Neale is here to convince you it is, as she explores the intoxicating mysteries of prime numbers and how they push the limits of human understanding.

The music

BWV 196 is one of Bach’s first cantatas, written when he was in his early twenties for a friend’s wedding. It features a striking soprano aria, and an overall theme of ‘partnership’, with two factions of instruments uniting to become one.


In partnership with

Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
Institute of Physics
Institute of Physics