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Matt Parker, known as the Stand-up Mathematician, can be seen talking about maths on the BBC, in the Guardian and on stages across the UK, at science fairs, festivals and in theatres. Originally a maths teacher from Australia, Matt now lives in Guildford in a house full of almost every retro video-game console ever made. Nothing can ever stand between Matt and computers: he's fluent in binary and could write your name in a sequence of 0s and 1s in seconds. In 2012 he and the Think Maths team made a fully functioning computer out of domino circuits: it took 10,000 dominoes, 12 people and 6 hours. When he's not working as the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, doing stand-up or signing fans' calculators at the end of a show, Matt spends his time converting photographs into Excel spreadsheets. His favourite number is currently 2025.
This is the complete guide to exploring the fascinating world of maths you were never told about at school. Stand-up comedian and mathematician Matt Parker uses bizarre Klein Bottles, unimaginably small pizza slices, knots no one can untie and computers built from dominoes to reveal some of the most exotic and fascinating ideas in mathematics. Starting with simple numbers and algebra, this book goes on to deal with inconceivably big numbers in more dimensions than you ever knew existed. And always with something for you to make or do along the way.
Stand-up mathematician and star of Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Matt Parker presents Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension - a riotous journey through the possibilities of numbers, with audience participation: cut pizzas in new and fairer ways; fit a 2p coin through an impossibly small hole; make a perfect regular pentagon by knotting a piece of paper; tie your shoes faster than ever before, saving literally seconds of your life; use those extra seconds to contemplate the diminishing returns of an exclamation-point at the end of every bullet-point; and, make a working computer out of dominoes. Maths is a game. This book can be cut, drawn in, folded into shapes and will even take you to the fourth dimension. So join stand-up mathematician Matt Parker on a journey through narcissistic numbers, optimal dating algorithms, at least two different kinds of infinity and more. Matt Parker is a stand-up comedian and mathematician. He writes about maths for the Guardian, has a maths column in the Telegraph, is a regular panellist on Radio 4's The Infinite Monkey Cage, and has performed his maths stand-up routines in front of audiences of thousands.