Marcus is the author of The Music of the Primes, the bestselling maths book, and the presenter of The Code, The Story of Maths, and with Dara OBriain The School of Hard Sums. He looks at the maths that underpins the everyday world, from the internet, data analysis and communications to more surprising areas like sport and art.
Marcus du Sautoy is a mathematician, broadcaster and best-selling author. From the landmark BBC series The Code and comedy maths show The School of Hard Sums to his books The Music of the Primes and The Number Mysteries, he reveals the everyday importance of maths and makes what might superficially appear dull and arcane both fascinating and relevant.
The Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University, Marcus is a natural communicator with a rare talent for making complex ideas understandable. Enthusiastic and engaging, he is especially passionate when it comes to popularising maths - showing how it affects every aspect of our lives and has done for centuries.
From predicting the future to the maths at the heart of the internet and electronic communications, from ‘lucky’ numbers to engineering, sport and art, Marcus looks at the numbers, patterns, codes and algorithms the underpin everything. How secure is online security? Can it ever be ‘uncrackable’? How are trends and data analysed accurately? Marcus also demonstrates how underlying patterns can remain hidden until you look at things in a new way - and why lateral thinking is so important.
In his hugely popular books, Marcus has covered the wonders of symmetry, the significance of prime numbers (a particular passion of his), and insoluble problems. On TV he has looked at the history of maths and measurement, and in a forthcoming series studies algorithms. He also writes for The Guardian and Telegraph, presents films for BBC’s Horizon and regularly pops up as a guest on Radio 4’s In Our Time. Away from maths, he is a fanatical trumpet and football player - with a fascinating theory about why Beckham always chose the 23 shirt.
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It's a wonderful thing when a seemingly dry subject is brought to life. As soon as he comes onstage Marcus grabs you, throwing out maths problems and then explaining where we’ve all gone wrong! It’s not new to say that maths is integral to everything, but Marcus goes way beyond platitudes and really gets down to the nitty gritty. Where was he when I needed him at school?!? JLA Agent Danny Lee
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