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Shall Future Generations eat fish or Whales? – Sidney J Holt

In the mid-twentieth century the Southern Ocean whaling industry was the world’s biggest fishery. Since then, most whale species have been depleted to near extinction, most fisheries have declined and the ocean’s living resources are in crisis. Marine biologist Sidney Holt will examine causes of this catastrophe and suggest restorative actions, looking at the state of science and the economic, political, social and emotional factors involved. The lecture will critically explore the relationship between campaigns and research concerned with wildlife conservation, environmental issues, and improving the welfare of wild animals.

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The Times of Our Lives: A history of longevity

Notwithstanding bible stories, the average human lifespan has reached “three score years and ten” only through spectacular increases in the past two centuries, and only in the richer half of the world. Among the 60 million people who die each year, 10 million are children under five,…

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London: A microcosm of global health

London: a microcosm of global health… or life and death on the Piccadilly line. While some people feel “overtasked, overstrained and overlived in this close London life”, others thrive in the metropolis. From Uxbridge to Cockfosters, what makes the difference?

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The London Insurance and Reinsurance Market

“Lloyd’s is the McDonald’s of the Insurance Industry” London is still considered as the world’s insurance and reinsurance centre. But no professional reinsurance company is owned by UK shareholders – the Germans, Swiss, Americans and French dominate. Lloyd’s has ceased to be a members-only…

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Fractal Curves: From the Esoteric to the Ubiquitous – Professor Kenneth Falconer

Professor Kenneth Falconer delievers his lecture on ‘Fractal Curves: From the Esoteric to the Ubiquitous’

The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website:

Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. There are currently over 2,000 lectures free to access or download from the website.