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?

**Abstract Algebra** by **Thomas W.
Hungerford**. The most
beautiful and complete text on algebra you could possibly want. I keep coming
back to this work.

**The Banach-Tarski Paradox** by **Stan
Wagon**. Comprehensive text on one of
my favourite mathematical theorems.

**Set Theory** **András
Hajnal** & **Peter
Hamburger**. Mathematical hard
core subject area. I love it!

**From Here to
Infinity**
by **Ian Stewart**.
I studied this book when I was still an undergraduate as it gave me a
understanding of where maths was at the end of the 20th century.

**The Number
Sense**
by **Stanislas Dehaene**.
Awesome text on where numbers come from. A real eye-opener.

**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.

**Meta Math!: The Quest for
Omega** by **Gregory
Chaitin**. Chaitin is a legend
and this book explains his most famous result: numbers that describe the limits
of computability.

**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.

**How to Solve It** by
**George Pólya**. It's all
in the name but this guy is a master. This book is the equivalent of "How to
play guitar" by Eddie Van Halen.

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*.