Talks and lectures by Matt Peperell

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I occasionally give talks and lectures on various topics. Here is a list of upcoming and past events. I also accept invitations to speak about these and related topics - just drop me a line! I am able to present in English (native) and Esperanto (fluent). The language of the talk is indicated with a flag next to the title, when not given in English.


Nothing planned yet. Invitations welcome to


Showing off my curves12th November 2023
Most of us will be familiar with the conic sections and the trigonometric functions. In this talk, I explain some of the lesser known curves and their relevance in the world around us.
Life as a devops engineer 22nd November 2022
A guest lecture given to the National University of Singapore
Ateliero pri Briĝo eo 29th October 2022
A introduction to minibridge, a variant of the popular card game created in the UK in the early 1900 and now played worldwide.
Notation systems for sequences of permutations 21st November 2021
A certain subset of people, who may or may not be mathematicians, care about permutations and sequences thereof. How can we describe these, and how can we commit them to memory? Part of MathsJam 2021.
Getting bitterGitting better 22nd July 2021
A talk on improving one's git skills. Aimed at people who are already familiar with git, but who wish to learn about internals and advanced techniques. (A repeat of the talk in March 2020)
Giving your first presentation July 2020
A talk on how to give your first presentation. This was followed a couple of days later by a workshop in which several participants did indeed give their first talk. Part of IJK 2020
Getting bitterGitting better 25th March 2020
A talk on improving one's git skills. Aimed at people who are already familiar with git, but who wish to learn about internals and advanced techniques.
An unexpected use for the golden ratio 1st December 2019
It's not just pentagons and fibonacci! Part of MathsJam 2019
Fulma enkonduko al Loĵbano eo 13th September 2018
A lightning-talk variant of the presentation given in September. Given at MASE 2018
Enkonduko al Loĵbano eo 13th September 2018
An introduction to the conlang Lojban. Given at KKPS 2018
Logical Deduction Games 11th November 2017
Logical deduction games are those like Penultima, where players have to deduce the rules by being told when they've broken them. Part of MathsJam 2017
A selection of Vim plugins 2nd November 2016
A talk given at Vim London
Zombie Dice 1st November 2014
On developing a strategy for the dice game by Steve Jackson Games. Part of MathsJam 2014
The history of Esperanto 16th July 2014
Part of an event called The Universal Language of Hope, an evening at The Floating Cinema.
Ludponto eo 13th September 2013
A history and introduction of the cardgame Bridge, popular in the UK and US.
Bells and bellringing 4th Jun 2013
Part of the inter-faith activities in Edgware, this talk is an introduction to the English tradition of Change-ringing, covering the techniques and history, and will also provide a chance to have a go yourself.
Language acquistion 5th May 2013Cancelled
A short talk on techniques used for language teaching and learning, as part of the 1-day event Electromagnetic wave
La Londona Hakejo eo 15th Feb 2013
A repeat of the talk in Germany, but customised to a non-technical crowd. Took place at the London Esperanto Club
La Londona Hakejo eo 3rd January 2013
An introduction to London Hackspace and Makerspaces around the world. This talk was given in Esperanto, to an annual youth conference which took place in Germany.
A taste of language 21st October 2010
A series of mini talks on language-related topcis: conlangs (spoken but made up languages, as opposed to natural - examples include Esperanto, Klingon and Lojban), Speech synthesis (computer generated speech), Language Forensics (how linguistic analysis is used in law - whether in contracts, or in a courtroom, interpretation of spoken evidence etc), and British Sign Language.