Possibly the only person to hold the prestigious title of London Mathematical Society Popular Lecturer while simultaneously having a sold-out comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Matt Parker is always keen to mix his two passions of mathematics and stand-up.
Originally a maths teacher from Australia, Matt now lives in London and works both as a stand-up comedian and a maths communicator. This involves spreading his love of maths via books, radio programmes, TV shows, newspapers, school visits, live comedy shows and occasionally harassing people in the street. He is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Infinite Monkey Cage with Robin Ince and Brian Cox. He is also the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.
He has toured as part of the comedy group Festival of the Spoken Nerd, and solo with Matt Parker: Number Ninja (2013) and Matt Parker: Now in 4D (2014/15).
Matt is author of Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More, which is both the title of his first book and an accurate description of what the book is about.