Matt Parker


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in Perth, Australia
December 22, 1980

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Matt Parker is a former maths teacher who communicates about mathematics via YouTube videos, stand-up comedy, and books.

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Humble Pi: A Comedy of Math...

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“one thing is causing another. There is always the chance that something else is influencing the data, causing the link. Between 1993 and 2008 the police in Germany were searching for the mysterious ‘phantom of Heilbronn’, a woman who had been linked to forty crimes, including six murders; her DNA had been found at all the crime scenes. Tens of thousands of police hours were spent looking for Germany’s ‘most dangerous woman’ and there was a €300,000 bounty on her head. It turns out she was a woman who worked in the factory that made the cotton swabs used to collect DNA evidence. And, of course,”
Matt Parker, Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors

“Twelve pentagons form a Platonic solid (the great dodecahedron), as do twenty triangles (the great icosahedron).”
Matt Parker, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

“The cube is a great 3D shape, and it’s so great partly because it’s so regular. In 2D, if you remember, we had our regular polygons which had all angles and edges the same, and now we can extend this to 3D. The 3D equivalent of a polygon is a polyhedron, and it’s made by joining polygons together in the third dimension. A cube is a polyhedron made by joining six square polygons together. A tetrahedron is a polyhedron made from four triangle polygons. Whereas polygons have only corners and edges, a polyhedron also has vertices where the polygon corners meet. A regular polyhedron is one made only from identical regular polygons and in which all the vertices are also exactly the same.”
Matt Parker, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension

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