Katie Spalding spent ten years of her life studying maths, which is just about the upper limit on how much maths you can do before people start actively avoiding you at parties. She was awarded her PhD in 2018. The high point of her academic career was probably appearing on University Challenge twice, during which she answered zero questions on maths or science but performed surprisingly well on the “historical cross-dressers” and “new world monkeys” rounds.
After leaving the world of academia, Katie started working at the science news website IFLScience, mixing scientific explanation and news with humour to an audience of hundreds of thousands. She has also previously supplied research for the TV show QI and its sister podcast No Such Thing As A Fish, providing layman explanations for baffling mathematical facts. Her articles have also appeared in HuffPost, PoliticsMeansPolitics, and the educational journal Maths in Schools, among others.
Katie lives in Wiltshire with her partner and her young daughter. Day-to-day she can mostly be found on Twitter, where she broadcasts viral nonsense to her 25,000 followers.
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