Science Book a Day Interviews Adam Spencer


Special thanks to Adam Spencer for answering 5 questions about his recently featured book – Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers: Everything you wanted to know about numbers 1 to 100

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”. 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. – Adapted from Adam’s Homepage

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#1 – What was the impetus for Big Book of Numbers?

My love, my passion, my inordinate amounts of spare time having quit my radio job!

#2 – Why do you think numbers can hold such an arcane fascination in our lives?

Not arcane at all – real – very real – numbers are the mathematical notes with which the universe plays its symphony – it’s up to us as to whether we listen or not.

#3 – How did you do the research for this book? Or did you know all of these facts already?!

Both – had scribbled down facts for years – but really needed to get out and find stuff to ‘fill the gaps’. But when you start looking the little buggers are everywhere.

#4 – What is your favourite secret of the number world?

That some infinities are bigger than others !!!

#5 – Are you working on any new books/projects you can tell us about?

People ask will my next book be the numbers 101-200. i reply, no it will be the numbers 0-1 – infinitely long book, but beautiful!

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