6 Jan The history of pi, says the author, though a small part of the history of Petr Beckmann holds up this mirror, giving the background of the times. 2 Dec A History of Pi, published in , is about two things. The first is pi, the number, and our history struggling with its baffling qualities. The second. PETR BECKMANN, A History of or (Pi), Second Edition, The Golem Press, we must look at errors in history and mathematics, errors in which this book.

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Dec 31, James rated it it was amazing. I have read a number of such books.

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Area of a circle Circumference Use in other formulae. But I would say, it can be a lot more appreciated if you can work out the math. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! There are some parts of this book where the math becomes too complicated for my not so mathematical mind, but the author does a pretty good job of simplifying quite a bit of it for the non-mathematician. Dec 23, Tara rated it liked it. Each milestone, ea This is one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read.

I had no idea the history of a transcendental number could be so politicized! Very Good in Very Good dust jacket.

A History Of Pi

Better World Books Condition: Consequently, his attack on Imperialism, the Church, and other institutions of power and orthodoxy should be expected, hisotry they are not terribly callous. It was the will of God, maintained the Grand Inquisitor of the Holy Office of the Inquisition Against Heretical Depravity, that such a solution was inaccessible to human understanding.

An informative and entertaining in places read. As a history of pi, it kind of doesn’t really work for a couple of reasons. The author has balanced the background history and the mathematical concepts, so that it can be appreciated by anyone even …more I really enjoyed the book. I did like it, but it really is closer to 2. Strongly recommended for those with a curiosity for things mathematical and historical.


Leave out the differential calculus, too! Views Read Edit View history. This Factor manifests itself in a few amusing ways, not the least notably in the book’s final chapter apparently added in its third edition about “The Computer Age”. To his credit, he does include a helpful tip in his introduction: Other than that, it was a thoroughly engrossing read and definitely nice to have read for my continuing Mathematics education.

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Jan 22, Casey rated it liked it. References to this book Mathematical Expeditions: That being said, the book turned out to be pretty entertaining. Their public latrines were lavishly decorated with mosaics and marbles. Beckmanm received this book on March 14, during my annual pi day celebration. No eBook available Amazon. Petr Beckmann holds up this ov, giving the background of the times when pi made progress — and becomann when it did not, because science was being stifled by militarism or religious fanaticism.

Very Good in Very Good dust jacket Edition: There are some interesting and entertaining moments even when Bechmann rants against certain institutions and historical views Expect to be both offended and intimidated, and maybe a little confused. As always with such books, I didn’t bother drawing the timeline I really wanted, so perhaps I’m just not that interested in that timeline anyway. There is some heavy math in the book, but it’s not important that you understand it in order to enjoy the book.

The history of pi, says the author, though a small part of the history histpry mathematics, is nevertheless a mirror of the history of man. I doubt I would have enjoyed it as much without it.


In that single chapter, Preston did a fascinating job of pulling you into the bizarre world of pi, and made me understand why a mathemetician could get lost in all those infinite, endless numbers. A lot of good information, some fun facts and something about various mathematicians. Dust jacket included and in very good condition. My library Help Advanced Book Search. It can often be recognized by the megalomaniacal style of their public buildings and facilities.

Jul 15, Mugizi Rwebangira rated it really liked it. Some cover wear, may contain a few marks. There is also a section describing some of the people convinced that they have squared the circle, despite it having been proven that it cannot be done.

A History of π

Fine copy in fine dust jacket in mylar. Beckmann jumps and skips from one era to another giving you the lowdown on a random sampling The fact that it was written in adds a little bit of out-of-date flavor that makes “A History of Pi” a lot more amusing than it otherwise might have been.

For some reason I’m semi-fascinated with the discovery of math I’m sitting here and thinking I might need to change my star rating to a 2-star. Although a little outdated in the last chapters, the underlying narrative of the book is a brief history of man, beginning in the stone age all the way through the “computer age” at the end of the decade of ‘s, with Pi as protagonist. A little light on Eastern mathematicians. For example take this passage from the chapter Night: Young Limited preview –