Matt Parker

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 is always keen to mix his two passions of mathematics and stand-up.

Originally a maths teacher from Western Australia, Matt has spent the last decade plus in the UK as both a stand-up comedian and a maths communicator, or a Stand Up Mathematician if you prefer. Matt is one third of the critically acclaimed trio, Festival of the Spoken Nerd. The Nerds have played to sell out crowds around the world and they released their first DVD in 2015. Matt is also the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.

As well as touring around solo and with the Nerds, Matt is a YouTube sensation appearing on his own channel as well as being a regular for the phenomenally popular Numberphile. He can also be seen and heard across a variety of shows including QI, The Infinite Monkey Cage and Outrageous Acts of Science.

In 2008 Matt established Maths Jam. What started as an informal gathering of maths teachers, students and enthusiasts talking maths in a pub has now expanded to be a regular monthly gathering that takes place in over 30 cities around the world and features an annual conference each November.

Matt is a regular contributor to Cosmic Genome and as part of their series The Quest For Wonder, attempted to draw Brian Cox’s face using binary code. He has also performed at many of Robin Ince and Cosmic Genome’s live science shows and in 2016 he will be the MC of the QED Conference in Manchester, in October 2016.

His first book, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension was a bestseller. He’s in the middle of writing the follow up.

  • “Capable of generating big laughs using the deceptively simple power of numbers.” - The Guardian
  • “Utterly original comedy… it is impossible to resist the infectious, intelligent fun.” - The Edinburgh Reporter
  • “Exponentially funny.” - Three Weeks
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