Adam Spencer is one of Australia’s most diverse media personalities. He’s hosted over a decade of top rating breakfast radio shows on both Triple J and 702 ABC Sydney; he’s starred on television shows about science (Quantum and Sleek Geeks), sport (Back Page Live), news and current affairs (The Drum) and generally being an idiot (Good News Week, The Glasshouse) but before all of this he was studying for a PhD in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sydney. The Big Book of Numbers sees him back to his numerical roots.
The Big Book of Numbers is a multipurpose book. For talented school aged children it will serve as a great introduction to the beauty of mathematics. For teachers it will be a great aid in extending students who want to go beyond the curriculum. And for the generally curious, about half the book isn’t maths at all, just gorgeous and bizarre trivia like the way the number 77 helped thwart the Nazis in WW2 and a salute to the 51 different types of hidden phones that Agent 86 used on Get Smart.