Matt Parker is maths author and YouTuber who started out as a classroom maths teacher. In March 2019, Matt's second book, Humble Pi, topped the Sunday Times bestseller list - the first ever maths book to do this. Matt is also one-third of Festival of the Spoken Nerd and a regular on BBC Radio 4. But he’s probably most famous as a YouTuber; his channel Stand up Maths has almost 500,000 subscribers and his videos have had over 50 million views. His favourite number is currently 383.
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Dr Katie Steckles graduated from the University of Manchester in 2011 with a PhD in Mathematics, and has been working in outreach since 2009. Her area of study is topology and dynamical systems, but she greatly enjoys talking about all areas of maths, to groups of all ages. She has taught Mathematics Masterclasses for the Royal Institution, and regularly performs at science fairs and festivals up and down the country. Her favourite mathematical object is the Klein bottle, and in her spare time she enjoys cross-stitching computer game characters and solving the Rubik's cube at increasing speeds.
After completing a degree in mathematics, Zoe trained as a secondary maths teacher with the University of Oxford. It was in these initial experiences of teaching that she first developed her love for maths communication. After teaching for four years Zoe took up a position at the Royal Institution (the home of Christmas Lectures) and then began her work with Think Maths in April 2017. Zoe's work in maths communication has seen her give talks and deliver workshops for students, families and teachers: in schools both in the UK and internationally, in the Royal Institution world-famous lecture theatre, at science festivals and teacher conferences. Zoe's favourite number is i and she has been known to bake mathematical cakes.
Rob Eastaway is best known as the author of several bestselling popular maths books, including Why Do Buses Come in Threes? and Maths on the Back of an Envelope. After reading Engineering at Cambridge University he spent several years as a management consultant using maths to model everything from Post Office queues to newspaper bingo games, and with Ted Dexter he devised what are now the official ICC world rankings of cricketers. Rob is the puzzle advisor for New Scientist magazine, and puzzles and games are at the centre of many of his maths talks and workshops. When he’s not doing maths he likes playing cricket and reading up on all the history he missed at school.