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TIMANDRA HARKNESS

Science writer, broadcaster and comedian

Timandra Harkness is a science writer, broadcaster and comedian, who has been writing and performing on scientific, mathematical and statistical topics since the latter days of the 20th Century. Her book Big Data: does size matter? was published by Bloomsbury Sigma in June 2016. Timandra is a regular on BBC Radio 4, writing and presenting BBC Radio 4’s FutureProofing series and documentaries such as Data, Data Everywhere, and Personality Politics. She’s also resident reporter on social psychology series The Human Zoo. In 2010 she co-wrote and performed Your Days Are Numbered: The Maths of Death, with stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, which was a sell-out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe before touring the rest of the UK and Australia. Science comedy since then includes solo show Brainsex, cabarets and gameshows. She is a regular public speaker and chair on scientific and technological topics, including events hosted by the Alan Turing Institute, British Council, Institute of Ideas, Royal Statistical Society. Wellcome Collection and a Robotics conference in Moscow, among many others.

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