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Australia’s funniest mathematician is back in 2019 with a small format edition of 2018’s bestseller. Which number terrifies Ogdokontaheptaphobes? Why would you watch the same clock for 14 years? And have you met the 23-million-digit prime? The answers to all of these questions – and much, much more – are in Adam Spencer’s Top 100. Bursting at the seams with puzzles, quizzes, games, numerical trivia and fun, this is the ultimate book for maths nerds and anyone with an inquiring mind.
Whether you’re 8 or 80, strap your thinking cap on, grab a pencil and get ready to count down from 100 to 1 with Australia’s favourite – and funniest – mathematician, Adam Spencer.
‘The things Adam Spencer writes about should be taught in every school worldwide.’ - Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers
‘Even the page numbers will start to look fascinating once you’ve read this book!’ - Amanda Keller
‘Every bright young mind in Australia should read Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers – and we oldies would benefit, too.’ - Peter FitzSimons
ISBN: 9781922267023 ISBN-10: 1922267023 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 392 Published: 1st March 2019 Publisher: Brio Books Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.3
A lifelong numbers nerd Adam flitted with a law degree and a phd in pure maths before winning, of all things, a stand up comedy competition run by triple j radio entitled "raw comedy". This national search for as yet undiscovered talent continues today but as Adam explains "I entered in its very first year - the standard was appalling - so I went really well".
Through this Adam met the good people at triple j and within a couple of years was hosting the breakfast radio show with his good friend Wil Anderson. After 6 years Adam and Wil called it a day. But a year later Adam was back on the grown up ABC Sydney radio station 702 where for 8 years he set ratings records and maintained second place in Australia's largest and most competitive market.
In December 2013 he called an end to 8 years of news, traffic, weather and chess results on what was without doubt the geekiest radio show Sydney had seen in a very long time, if ever.
Adam has complemented his radio career with numerous television roles hosting everything form the nation science show Quantum to poker championships, to appearing on the weekly sports review The Back Page and ABC news and current affairs wrap The Drum. His Sleek Geeks Science Comedy show with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki was a particular favourite of the public.
A passionate sports lover he is an ambassador for the Sydney Swans and coached a women's soccer team at the University of Sydney for over a decade.
He is the University's first ever ambassador for mathematics and science and is aligned with numerous charitable causes. He serves on the board of directors of Redkite, is an ambassador for the Fred Hollows Foundation and was a co-creator via his radio show of Dry July which has raised over $15 million for adult cancer services in Australian hospitals.