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Timandra Harkness

Timandra Harkness

Writer, broadcaster and presenter of BBC R4 ‘FutureProofing’

From summer 2015 I'm presenting a new BBC Radio 4 series, FutureProofing. I've also presented documentaries, Data, Data EverywherePersonality Politics & The Singularity, and I'm resident reporter on Radio 4's social psychology series The Human Zoo, where I'm more an exhibit than a zookeeper.

Since winning the Independent newspaper's column-writing competition I've written for many print and online publications. I'm now writing a book for Bloomsbury's Sigma popular science imprint. Big Data: Does Size Matter? comes out in spring 2016.

I host events for Cheltenham Science Festival, the Institute of Ideas, & the Wellcome Collection, among many others. My natural habitat is among dissenting adults in public.

Brainsex, my solo comedy show on neuroscience and gender, tours till early 2016. Among my previous science comedy, Your Days Are Numbered: the maths of death was a surprise Edinburgh Fringe hit. Written & performed with Matt Parker, it then toured the UK & Australia.

I have approximately 57% of an Open University degree in Mathematics & Statistics. By 2017 I'll be able to give you the confidence intervals on that. Though by then it should be 100%.

In my spare time I enjoy opera, motorcycles, and talking to strangers.