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Brian McCabe speaks with Geoff Hattersley about why mathematicians are a bit like artists, how something being funny doesn’t mean it’s light, and the process of imaginatively recreating the worldview of a child.

‘Family hyperbole suggests I used to speak only in rhyme, for days at a time. To precocity, sadly, attention gets paid and I wrote to get noticed.’
‘At 17, you are Catholic-Boy’s School shy of girls and drink; don’t become a Donny-Juan.’