Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy
Blackboard - Serendipity and strategy

Serendipity and strategy

In systems of innovation, the relative usefulness of different components changes as the number of components we possess increases.

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  • Maths of mortality

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    Maths of mortality

    Like Orpheus in the Underworld, the London Institute is challenging mortality, says our writer Thomas W. Hodgkinson in The Sunday Telegraph.

  • Yang’s Springer podcast

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    Yang’s Springer podcast

    In an interview with Springer, Yang discusses his research moving between mathematics, physics, and AI, and his life, in between cultures.

  • Immortality maths

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    Immortality maths

    Is there an advantage to ageing? Should we populate space? Is it fun to be a physicist? The London Institute talks to the Takeaway podcast.

  • Genetic computation

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    Genetic computation

    The structural and functional building blocks of gene regulatory networks correspond, which tell us how genetic computation is organised.

  • Website

    Who we are, updated

    Our new About section describes our story, research, communication, funding, home in the Royal Institution and organisational intelligence.

  • perspectives

    History repeats itself

    The Royal Institution supported scientists fleeing 1930s authoritarianism. Now, thanks to our Arnold Fellowships, history repeats itself.

  • Papers

    AI classifies space-time

    A neural network learns to classify different types of spacetime in general relativity according to their algebraic Petrov classification.

  • Events

    The OS of life

    Breakthroughs in cell programming are kicking off a biological analogue of the silicon revolution, allowing us to predictably engineer life.

  • Events

    Accelerating innovation

    The London Institute and the Ditchley Foundation host an afternoon discussion and drinks on the science of innovation and how to speed it up.

  • perspectives

    From Russia with math

    History suggests our new posts for physicists and mathematicians from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus will have an enduring impact on UK science.

  • News

    Arnold Fellowships

    In support of those affected by the war in Ukraine, we have created five new Fellowships for scientists from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

  • Papers

    Learning Hilbert series

    Neural networks find efficient ways to compute the Hilbert series, an important counting function in algebraic geometry and gauge theory.

  • Papers

    The rules of life

    The bipartite nature of regulatory networks means gene-gene logics are composed, which severely restricts which ones can show up in life.

  • perspectives

    Designing web design

    To mark our Webby nomination, we describe the design principles behind our website and how they evolved in tandem with the Institute itself.

  • News

    Webby Award Nominee

    Our website has been nominated for the best science website in the Webby Awards—hailed the “internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times.

  • News

    Cell programming portal

    The London Institute is creating a portal that connects bit.bio and theorists to accelerate research on the mathematics of cell programming.

  • News

    The power of presence

    One reason that we outperform other research centres is that everyone turns up for work, which makes us more creative, agile and aligned.

  • Papers

    Line bundle connections

    Neural networks find numerical solutions to Hermitian Yang-Mills equations, a difficult system of PDEs crucial to mathematics and physics.

  • Events

    Quantifying AI

    Peter Cochrane talks about how quantifying machine intelligence, distinct from biological intelligence, can quell the debate on AI’s future.

  • Papers

    Calabi-Yau anomalies

    Unsupervised machine-learning of the Hodge numbers of Calabi-Yau hypersurfaces detects new patterns with an unexpected linear dependence.

  • Events

    Cell programming maths

    The London Institute and bit.bio host a two-day international meeting to unravel the theory of cell programming at the Royal Institution.

  • News

    Benchmarking research

    To better benchmark research at the London Institute, we weight our published papers by the fraction of authors that are at the Institute.

  • Events

    LonTI lecture series

    During spring, the London Institute hosts weekly lectures in theoretical physics for young researchers who are interested in new fields.

  • Events

    Theory of Everything

    Professor Yang-Hui He tells the captivating story of the holy grail of science: the mathematical quest for a unifying theory of everything.

  • Papers

    Beyond classical barriers

    Circuits of memristors, resistors with memory, can exhibit instabilities which allow classical tunnelling through potential energy barriers.

  • News

    Stone on stone

    In our updated landing page, we let our blackboards do the talking: each blackboard illustrates a key concept from one of our best papers.

  • website

    A year to remember

    In 2021, we hired new talent, wrote pioneering papers and moved into Faraday's rooms at the Royal Institution. Here we celebrate the highs.

  • press

    What the Dickens?

    Our writer Thomas W. Hodgkinson argues that Charles Dickens named his novel David Copperfield in honour of the Royal Institution.

  • WEBSITE

    Unifying mathematics

    Our new fifth research theme contains projects that explore how different branches of mathematics are intertwined, and how to unify them.

  • News

    12 Days of Christmas

    The Institute’s Christmas card includes one side to the Möbius strip, five exceptional Lie groups and eight basis vectors of the octonians.

  • Events

    Talking to Penrose

    Sir Roger Penrose talks about physics, philosophy and art in a conversation with Thomas Fink and Yang-Hui He in the Faraday lecture theatre.

  • Events

    Science of storytelling

    Prof. Alison Woollard explores the science of storytelling and storytelling in science—a neglected virtue in modern scientific research.

  • News

    Winter board meeting

    At its winter meeting, our Board discusses our research output, endowment with Caltech, core funding and supporting the Royal Institution.

  • Events

    Garden of challenges

    In a video for The Garden, Yang-Hui He describes the top 23 mathematical challenges of our time, including a possible theory of everything.

  • News

    Inaugural Junior Fellow

    Dr Forrest Sheldon is the London Institute’s inaugural Junior Fellow, setting a high standard for our new programme of Junior Fellows.

  • NEWS

    Measure what matters

    We benchmark the London Institute by the quality of our published research papers, which we are increasing each year by a factor of √2.

  • WEBSITE

    Our guide to journals

    Our updated handbook of physics, mathematics and general science journals is a unique guide to choosing the right home for your paper.

  • PERSPECTIVES

    Why we must boldly go

    The human impulse to look beyond the horizon, “to boldly go where no man has gone before”, leads us to the most transformative discoveries.

  • Papers

    Going, going, gone

    A solution to the information paradox uses standard quantum field theory to show that black holes can evaporate without violating the laws of physics.

  • Papers

    Quick quantum neural nets

    The notion of quantum superposition speeds up the training process for binary neural networks and guarantees that their parameters are optimal.

  • Projects

    Learning the universe

    Using machine learning to search the vast space of 10-dimensional geometries for ones that predict the Standard Model from string theory.

  • Events

    Cheers, Brits and Yanks

    Princeton and Caltech alumni celebrate Faraday’s birthday at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences, inside the Royal Institution.

  • Events

    In search of serendipity

    The London Institute is hosting a lunch at the Royal Institution to promote serendipity between leaders in business, finance and physics.

  • Papers

    Tumour infiltration

    A delicate interplay between the proteins that white blood cells express and the molecules on the surface of tumour cells determines cancer prognoses.

  • Events

    Maths and machines

    Conrad Wolfram describes how two brothers harnessed machines to do mathematics, changing the way we think about computational thinking.

  • Events

    Space-time singularities

    Sir Roger Penrose talks about space-time singularities and cyclic geometry at the Nankai Symposium, after an introduction by Yang-Hui He.

  • News

    Autumn board meeting

    At its autumn meeting, our Board discusses our application for core funding, a new Fellow, upcoming events and planning our first endowment.

  • books

    Calabi-Yau Landscape

    This new monograph makes cutting-edge topics in mathematical physics, geometry and machine learning accessible to graduate students and beyond.

  • Events

    Mathematical Dialogues

    Yang-Hui He co-organises the Nankai Symposium on dialogues between mathematics and physics, with the plenary talk by Sir Roger Penrose.

  • press

    Debating basic science

    Thomas Fink and Dallas Campbell discuss curiosity, basic science, science communication and the Royal Institution on The Spectator podcast.

  • Papers

    Dessin d'enfant

    Groethendieck's “children’s drawings”, a type of bipartite graph, link number theory, geometry, and the physics of conformal field theory.

  • people

    Welcome, Yang

    Welcome to our new Fellow, Yang-Hui He, who does research in algebraic geometry, string theory, quantum field theory and machine learning.

  • Website

    Keeping the lights on

    Now that our website uses progressive web application technology, it's resilient to drops in connection and it continues to work offline.

  • Events

    Greek week

    What is the limit to human achievement? To find out, we sent a team to a Greek island for a week to immerse themselves in a single problem.

  • Papers

    Cancer and coronavirus

    Cancer patients who contract and recover from coronavirus-2 exhibit long-term immune system effects, depending on the type of cancer.

  • Press

    Challenging Times

    Is free will a mathematical problem? How about immortality? Or the quest for AI? The Times reports on our 23 Mathematical Challenges.

  • PERSPECTIVES

    23 challenges

    To mark the launch of ARIA, which aims to tackle the toughest problems, we made a list of the top 23 mathematical challenges of our time.

  • Papers

    The physics of finance

    Statistical physics contributes to new models and metrics for the study of financial network structure, dynamics, stability and instability.

  • PERSPECTIVES

    Science of showing up

    Showing up for work makes organisations more intelligent, because it let’s workers switch between focus and interaction in an unplanned way.

  • News

    Summer board meeting

    At its summer meeting, our board meets our new finance director and discusses fundraising, core funding, research output and 23 challenges.