Matt Parker

Season 5, Episode 3

Stand Up Mathematician and author of Things To Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, Matt Parker joins Robin and Josie this week.  They talk about all things numbers.  Best books on maths, books about mathematicians, puzzle books and plenty more.  And Matt will be joining Robin, Josie and others for our live tour of Australia and New Zealand in March/April.  Details at




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Reading List

Matt recommends:

Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos

Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh

The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman

The work of Martin Gardner

The Annotated Alice by Martin Gardner

Big Data: Does Size Matter? by Timandra Harkness

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics by RW Hamming

The work of Kurt Gödel

On Computable Numbers with Applications to the Entscheidung-Problem by Alan Turing

The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

You by Austin Grossman

Josie recommends:

The work of Decartes

The work of Jean Rhys

The Savage God: A Study of Suicide by Al Alvarez

The work of Sylvia Plath

Pondlife: A Swimmer’s Journal by Al Alvarez

La Bête humaine by Émile Zola

Thérèse Raquin by Émile Zola

The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Robin recommends:

The Pitchfork Disney by Philip Ridley

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension by Matt Parker

Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science by Martin Gardner

Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis & Christos H. Papadimitriou

Principia Mathematica by Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead

Dead Funny: Encore edited by Robin Ince and Johnny Mains

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

The Tim Goes to Sea series by Edward Ardizzone

The Local by Edward Ardizzone

The Midnight Bell by Patrick Hamilton

L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The Living Stones: Cornwall by Ithell Colquhoun

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