So who is Adam Spencer?
Whilst studying for a PhD in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sydney, Adam won a national stand-up comedy competition and went into radio. Over 15 years two successful breakfast gigs on the national youth radio network Triple J and the much more grown up ABC Sydney followed along with a television career on shows as diverse as The Drum (news and current affairs), The Back Page (Sports analysis), Good News Week (Comedy), Sleek geeks (Science comedy) and Australia's most watched television Poker show. Now he returns to his original geeky passion with his Big Book of Numbers.
MC & Speaking
Adam is one of Australia's most in demand corporate MCs and speakers. Contact his agent Edwina at the bottom of this page
Adam's TED talk from Long Beach California on massive prime numbers is one of TEDs most popular maths talks ever. It's had over 1.4 million views and you can watch it here
The next chapter in a colourful and extensive career stemming from a passion for numbers
A bit about my book
The Big Book of Numbers will reveal the numbers 1 to 100 like you've never seen them before.
Jam packed with all the mathematics, science, pop culture, history, trivia and general 'oddness' of the first 100 counting numbers, it's a book to enthuse young minds and entertain and educate the curious of all ages.
Find out why the ancient Greeks considered 6 and 28 to be "perfect numbers"
Meet a prime number so big you'll need a good lie down
Ever wonder how many brains a leech has?
And how did the number 77 help stop the nazis in World War 2?
If you find this book boring, you should be in a clinic- John Cleese
This book will bring out the inner geek in anyone who knows how to count to 100.- Brian Schmidt - winner 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
A brilliant introduction to the world of numbers. funny yet with hidden depths, like its author- Brian Cox - BBC