London Institute in 2021
2021 was transformative for the London Institute. We hired new talent, published pioneering research and moved into Faraday's rooms at the Royal Institution. We also compiled a list of the top 23 mathematical challenges of our time, to remind ourselves and others to aim high.
The London Institute is now located at the Royal Institution in Mayfair. It was here that Sir Humphry Davy identified nine elements of the periodic table and Michael Faraday uncovered the principles of electromagnetism. There could be no more inspiring place for us to work.
Our papers span five main research themes, from mathematics that unifies to the theory of human enterprise. Our output exceeded that of the previous year by 41%, part of our plan to double it every two years. We concentrate on the quality of our papers and not just the quantity.
Circuits of memristors, resistors with memory, can exhibit instabilities which allow classical tunnelling through potential energy barriers.
Machine-learning methods can distinguish between Sato-Tate groups, promoting a data-driven approach for problems involving Euler factors.
Machine-learning is a powerful tool for sifting through the landscape of possible Universes that could derive from Calabi-Yau manifolds.
Scale-invariant plant clusters explain the ability for a diverse range of plant species to coexist in ecosystems such as Barra Colorado.
A solution to the information paradox uses standard quantum field theory to show that black holes can evaporate in a predictable way.
The notion of quantum superposition speeds up the training process for binary neural networks and ensures that their parameters are optimal.
A delicate balance between white blood cell protein expression and the molecules on the surface of tumour cells determines cancer prognoses.
Statistical physics contributes to new models and metrics for the study of financial network structure, dynamics, stability and instability.
Groethendieck's “children’s drawings”, a type of bipartite graph, link number theory, geometry, and the physics of conformal field theory.
An ongoing study tests the feasibility of using MRI scans to screen men for prostate cancer in place of unreliable antigen blood tests.
Networks where risky banks are mostly exposed to other risky banks have higher levels of systemic risk than those with stable bank interactions.
Exact methods supersede approximations used in high-dimensional linear regression to find correlations in statistical physics problems.
Fire sales of common asset holdings can whip through a channel of contagion between banks, insurance companies and investments funds.
Cancer patients who contract and recover from Coronavirus-2 exhibit long-term immune system weaknesses, depending on the type of cancer.
Naturally occurring networks have an underlying scale-free structure that is often clouded by finite-size effects in the sample data.
Recursively divisible numbers are a new kind of number that are highly divisible, whose quotients are highly divisible, and so on.
The generation of large graphs with a controllable number of short loops paves the way for building more realistic random networks.
Rapid temperature cycling from one extreme to another affects the rate at which the mean particle size in solid or liquid solutions changes.
The number of particles in a higher derivative theory of gravity relates to its effective mass scale, which signals the theory’s viability.
The few-shot machine learning technique reduces the vast geometric landscape of string theory vacua to a tiny cluster of representatives.
As the maximum age of a population decreases, it grows slower but converges faster, favouring programmed death in a changing environment.
The fraction of logics that are biologically permitted can be bounded and shown to be tiny, which makes inferring them from experiments easier.
Parallels between the perfect and abundant numbers and their recursive analogs point to deeper structure in the recursive divisor function.
A theoretical model of recursive innovation suggests that new technologies are recursively built up from new combinations of existing ones.
Our events included a talk about the Theory of Everything, a conversation with Sir Roger Penrose and a workshop to figure out the top 23 mathematical challenges. Our new home in the Royal Institution provides us with the space and reach to attract larger audiences than ever.
13 Dec 2021
Prof. Alison Woollard explores the science of storytelling and storytelling in science—a neglected virtue in modern scientific research.
01 Dec 2021
Professor Yang-Hui He tells the captivating story of the holy grail of science: the mathematical quest for a unifying theory of everything.
26 Oct 2021
Sir Roger Penrose talks about physics, philosophy and art in a conversation with Thomas Fink and Yang-Hui He in the Faraday lecture theatre.
27 Sep 2021
Conrad Wolfram describes how two brothers harnessed machines to do mathematics, changing the way we think about computational thinking.
22 Sep 2021
Princeton and Caltech alumni celebrate Faraday’s birthday at the London Institute for Mathematical Sciences, inside the Royal Institution.
21 Sep 2021
The London Institute is hosting a lunch at the Royal Institution to promote serendipity between leaders in business, finance and physics.
01 Sep 2021
At its autumn meeting, our Board discusses our application for core funding, a new Fellow, upcoming events and planning our first endowment.
01 Aug 2021 – 13 Aug 2021
Yang-Hui He co-organises the Nankai Symposium on dialogues between mathematics and physics, with the plenary talk by Sir Roger Penrose.
20 Jun 2021
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.
01 Jun 2021
At its summer meeting, our board meets our new finance director and discusses fundraising, core funding, research output and 23 challenges.
26 Mar 2021
A one-day symposium of physicists and mathematicians to write down a list of the 23 most important mathematical challenges of our time.
Our perspectives are essays that express the London Institute’s interests and point of view, while contributing to the national debate on how to fund and carry out science. They include opinion pieces in The Times, The Spectator, Science in Parliament and The Daily Telegraph.
The human impulse to look beyond the horizon, “to boldly go where no man has gone before”, leads us to the most transformative discoveries.
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.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
Showing up for work makes organisations more intelligent, because it let’s workers switch between focus and interaction in an unplanned way.
As the government creates its Advanced Research and Invention Agency, it could learn from the exceptional history of the Royal Institution.
The London Institute has moved into the iconic Royal Institution, where it will expand its programme of curiosity-driven theoretical science.
SCIENCE IN PARLIAMENT
Supporting non-university research institutes with core funding will finally give aspiring researchers an alternative to a university job.
The people we employ range from writers to researchers and financiers to physicists, since a top-class institute requires scientists and support staff alike. We recruited two researchers, a string theorist and a biophysicist, and our first Finance Director and Development Director.
Director of development
Philanthropy, fundraising, development, communications and big gift initiatives.
Nonlinear dynamics, disordered systems, inference and neuromorphic computing.