Funny Tonne

Adam Spencer Blurred Primes

Review by Mika Tsoi

Spencer does a neat thing: he makes maths neither scary nor intimidating. In this show, he takes you on a journey of prime numbers (the only factors are one and itself, which makes two a prime but not one, yay!) from the ones you encounter in high school maths to aptly named monster primes. And then, like the best maths teachers, he explains why primes are useful. The applications are interesting, like computer chips, Deep Blue, the Square Kilometre Array and the Large Hadron Collider, up until the Rubik’s Cube demonstration, and then it’s mind-bogglingly good. And like the best maths teachers he's engaging and funny, making the learning seem like an ancillary benefit to the wonder.