Watch lecture video ›

Darwin, Beer and Big Data? Must be a Reg Lecture Video

Let's hear it for the data geeks

By Joe Fay

Posted in Reg Lectures, 3rd December 2014 17:31 GMT

Reg Events On Tuesday 25 November, Professor Mark Whitehorn kicked off the inaugural Reg Christmas Lectures, and what a night it was...

We packed them in upstairs at the Craft Beer Company pub on Leather Lane, Clerkenwell. It was tight, but nobody was stirring, not even a mouse as Mark took the attendees on a whirlwind journey around the world of big data.

So, just how did Mark keep a room full of data geeks on the edge of their seats? Well, it wasn’t just The Register’s generous provision of pies and pints.

In 45 minutes, Mark spanned the nature of data itself, variance, who really inspired Darwin, Mark’s house in Herefordshire, and the Henslow botanical gardens in Cambridge. Oh, and we had a guest appearance from Professor John Parker, Mark’s former PhD supervisor. What other publication gives you two profs for the price of one?

And that was just in the lecture, never mind the Q&A.

You can see just how he did it by watching our potted video of the lecture right here. If there seems to be a bit of a jump at the beginning, that’s because we had a few microphone teething problems. Bear with us. It’s good stuff.

We haven’t included the Q&A because we know you have limited time. If you want the full Reg Lecture experience and you're not signed up for any of this year's series, well, make sure you sign up for our 2015 lectures. ®

Sign up to our NewsletterGet IT in your inbox daily

3 Comments

More from The Register

Astroboffins say our Solar System is a dark, violent, cosmic weirdo

Exoplanets are neat and uniform. In our 'hood Jupiter and Saturn messed things up

Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

Astro-boffins have waited decades to see something with such an odd orbit

President Trump turns out the lights on solar panel imports into US

Tariff jacks up price for overseas components

Hubble spies most distant comet zipping through Solar System

Iceball K2 is already active despite being far from the Sun

Fending off cyber attacks as important as combatting terrorism, says new GCHQ chief

Director Jeremy Fleming sets out priorities for intel agency

GCHQ boss calls out Russia for 'industrial scale disinformation'

Kremlin 'blurring boundaries between criminal and state activity' – director

Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

Forget the supernovae, what's this about alien alloys?

Microsoft rolls out red carpet to hybrid Azure SQL databases

Redmond pitches tools for cloud byte-silo moves

Space, the final blunt-tier: Binary system ejected huge 'spliff' asteroid, boffins reckon

Pic 'Oumuamua produced by solar system that makes more asteroids than comets

Sigh. It's not quite Star Trek's Data, but it'll do: AI helps boffins clock second Solar System

Kepler-90 has same number of planets as our Sun