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Standup Maths

May 4, 2012

 

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Mathspig toddled along to the Melbourne Comedy Festival to see Stand Up Mathematician, Matt Parker, and BBC wit, Timandra Harkness, in Your Days Are Numbered: The Maths of Death.

It was Ha! Ha! or, as we mathspigs say, (Ha)2 Hilarious.

Almost Therapy.

This is the break through geeks of the world have been waiting for. Not just jokes about mathematicians, but jokes involving MATHS!!!!!! Here is a MATHS OF DEATH statistic for the no. of Americans killed by cows each year. You might call this the Revenge of the Rump Steak.

Matt Parker is based in the maths department at Queen Mary, University of London and, as Matt says, he is now a fixture on the illustrious Mathematics speaking circuit. He writes maths columns for The Guardian, UK. More @ Stand-upMaths. Matt is from Perth, Australia.

Timanadra Harkness spent 5 years in standup, co-wrote a film, No Future in Eternity, about a man going to Mars in his hall cupboard and appears on the BBC panel show, Mind Games. Otherwise she fills in time writing articles for Wired and The Daily Telegraph. More @ Timandraharkness


Here is an absolutely true to form hilarious skit of Matt in action not so much doing maths as very much acting like a maths teacher when his iPhone is stolen.

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Inspired by Matt and in the not very long tradition of standup maths mathspig has added some funny activities in the following posts.

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