Episode published: 20/09/19
In the quickfire episode #15, Dan Aspel catches up with maths communicator Matt Parker (standupmaths.com). Topics touched upon include the “Talking Maths in Public” conference – which Matt presented at INI in August 2019 – the surge of maths communicators in the past decade, a career than ranges from authoring books to concocting YouTube videos to performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, to the essential need for “infectious enthusiasm”.
00:00 – Introductions
00:40 – “Talking Maths in Public” conference
01:45 – The growth of the maths communication community in the UK (“buzzing and varied”)
03:48 – Maths “needs a lot of good PR… it’s a *lot* more interesting than people appreciate”
05:38 – Favourite part(s) of being a maths communicator
07:15 –YouTube, impact and conveying the excitement of doing maths
09:13 – Energy as currency, the value of enthusiasm
Matt Parker on the surge of maths communicators in the past decade, a career than ranges from authoring books to concocting YouTube videos to performing at the Edinburgh Fringe, and the essential need for “infectious enthusiasm”
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