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Past articles by Adam:

The one thing I'd do to revolutionise science in Australia

This is the century that will be built by mathematicians, big data statisticians, app designers, coding geniuses – it is vital that we get this right. → Read More

Six days, 37 Nobel Laureates, 30 #NobelSelfies

Every year since 1951, Nobel Laureates in the sciences have gathered in the southern German town of Lindau for the Nobel Laureates Meeting, a six-day nerdfest of the highest calibre. → Read More

Don't tax students, tax the entitled

I often (only half) joke that my Arts degree was the best nine and half years of my life. → Read More

Reality success an indictment on TV landscape

On Tuesday night a staggering 3.7 million people watched the final of My Kitchen Rules on Channel Seven, convincingly beating the two million who watched the final of The Block: Fans v Faves. Two nights earlier, for his efforts hosting said Block, Scott Cam picked up the Gold Logie, our highest televisual honour. → Read More

Time to put the ATAR to the test

Last year more than 250,000 people applied for places in the hundreds of degrees offered by Australia’s 39 universities. So it stands to reason that any system of tertiary admission needs some sort of metric, a ranking device to compare would-be students. → Read More

Here's the proof: with patience, we can switch from lucky to clever country

Last Wednesday I stood before 600 keen first year science students at the University of Sydney's Orientation Week. As Australia's only known official ''ambassador'' for mathematics and science, their joy inspired me in the same way lectures on Singularity Theory had 20 years ago, in that same building. → Read More

Adam Spencer: Why I fell in love with monster prime numbers

They're millions of digits long, and it takes an army of mathematicians and machines to hunt them down -- what's not to love about monster primes? Adam Spencer, comedian and lifelong math geek, shares his passion for these odd numbers, and for the mysterious magic of math. → Read More