Matt Parker

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

Matt Parker

Talk: Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

Comedian, mathematician, and YouTube personality Matt Parker gives a math lesson of a slightly different kind. He shows how to take cube roots of six-digit numbers, explains how barcodes work, how to tie your shoelaces in a mathematically profound way, and dives into the fascinating world of knot theory. Finally, Parker demonstrates how to build a working computer from dominoes.

Matt Parker

Matt Parker is an Australian stand-up comedian, author, YouTube personality and maths communicator. He is the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, performs in sold-out comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is a former maths teacher.

The Book

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension is an alternative math class. How can math help you choose a second-hand car? Why is a text message like a Sudoku? Matt Parker explains that math is difficult because it's one of the few subjects that requires us to train our brains to think in an entirely new way, and to confront things with no direct analogy in everyday life.

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