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Matt Parker - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Matt Parker

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

Author: Matt Parker Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

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.

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Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

Author: Matt Parker Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/10/2014

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.

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Other books by Matt Parker

Humble Pi A Comedy of Maths Errors

Humble Pi A Comedy of Maths Errors

Author: Matt Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

What makes a bridge wobble when it's not meant to? How do billions of dollars mysteriously vanish into thin air? How does a building rock when its resonant frequency matches a gym class leaping to Snap's 1990 hit I've Got The Power? The answer is maths. Or, to be precise, what happens when maths goes wrong in the real world. As Matt Parker shows us, our modern lives are built on maths: computer programmes, finance, engineering. And most of the time this maths works quietly behind the scenes, until ... it doesn't. Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near-misses and mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman empire and a hapless Olympic shooting team, Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. This book shows how, by making maths our friend, we can learn from its pitfalls. It also contains puzzles, challenges, geometric socks, jokes about binary code and three deliberate mistakes. Getting it wrong has never been more fun.

Humble Pi A Comedy of Maths Errors

Humble Pi A Comedy of Maths Errors

Author: Matt Parker Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/03/2019

**The First Ever Maths Book to be a No.1 Bestseller** 'Wonderful ... superb' Daily Mail What makes a bridge wobble when it's not meant to? Billions of dollars mysteriously vanish into thin air? A building rock when its resonant frequency matches a gym class leaping to Snap's 1990 hit I've Got The Power? The answer is maths. Or, to be precise, what happens when maths goes wrong in the real world. As Matt Parker shows us, our modern lives are built on maths: computer programmes, finance, engineering. And most of the time this maths works quietly behind the scenes, until ... it doesn't. Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near-misses and mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman empire and a hapless Olympic shooting team, Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. Mathematics doesn't have good 'people skills', but we would all be better off, he argues, if we saw it as a practical ally. This book shows how, by making maths our friend, we can learn from its pitfalls. It also contains puzzles, challenges, geometric socks, jokes about binary code and three deliberate mistakes. Getting it wrong has never been more fun.

The Crucible's Fire A Story of God's Faithfulness

The Crucible's Fire A Story of God's Faithfulness

Author: Matt Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2018

The Three Gifts

The Three Gifts

Author: Matt Parker Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2017

The Three Gifts

The Three Gifts

Author: Matt Parker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2017

Auch Zahlen haben Gefuhle

Auch Zahlen haben Gefuhle

Author: Matt Parker Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2015

Matt Parker lebt Mathematik. Sekunden nur braucht er, um jeden Namen im binaren Code niederzuschreiben. 2012 hat er mit seinem Team einen funktionierenden Computer aus Dominosteinen gebaut (im Buch erfahrt man, wie man es macht). Seine Videos auf Youtube wurden inzwischen uber funf Millionen Mal aufgerufen. Parker betreibt Mathematik nur aus einem Grund: weil es Spa macht. Und so ist auch sein Buch. Hier stimmt es einmal wirklich: Dieses Buch will nicht belehren; es will einfach zeigen, wie es geht. Sie lesen Naheres uber seltsame Phanomene wie alberne Zahlen, Primknoten, narzistische Zahlen und ihre lugnerischen Vettern, die Munchhausen-Zahlen, losen das Pizza-Problem und teilen den Wurfelknoten, bugsieren eine Euromunze durch einen dafur viel zu kleinen Kreis aus Pappe und erfahren, wie man einen 4-D-Wurfel basteln oder mit nur zehn Fingern eine Million Zahlen darstellen kann. Und das alles so reich, aber auch einfach illustriert, dass jedermann sofort versteht, worum es geht.

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

Author: Matt Parker Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2015

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.

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Celaine

Celaine

Author: Matt Parker Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/1999

A typical evening at 32 Whitstable Close, Gravesend. Eric and Linda Bramley have enjoyed a quiet supper together: their 16-year-old son Craig is out and their 22-year-old daughter Celaine prefers to eat alone in her bedroom. Celaine has not left her room for over six years.

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