Simon Pampena, the Australian Numeracy Ambassador, combines the ideas of mathematics with the craft of stand up comedy to communicate the true nature of maths – mind-blowing fun! Simon is a leading maths communicator with regular appearances on ABC Catalyst, Discovery International and Youtube channels BBC Headsqueeze and Numberphile. On top of this he has written, produced and performed in 10 maths comedy shows for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Darwin Arts Festival and Adelaide Fringe. Seeing one of Simon's comedy shows is to experience maths his way - a rocket-pack strapped full of maths enthusiasm!
What books have influenced you the most?
Thinking in Numbers: How Maths Illuminates Our Lives by Daniel Tammet. First had account of how an extraordinarily gifted mathematical savant thinks about numbers.
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter. Maths, intelligence, consciousness and a Pulitzer Prize. The perfect cafe conversation starter. I knew a guy a uni who used this book to pick up girls.
Proofs from THE BOOK by Martin Aigner and Günter M. Ziegler. An exquisite text covering the work of Paul Erdős. It lists the most elegant proofs of mathematical theorems Erdős claimed were from THE BOOK written by God himself.
What book would you like to write?
The title of my maths book would be: 4-DIMENSIONAL PROJECTIONS OF THE NUMBER 12 - What Mathematics will look like in the year 2120.
Published on 2014-03-27