A History of Pi

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St. Martin's Press, 1971 - Mathematics - 208 pages
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The history of pi, says the author, though a small part of the history of mathematics, is nevertheless a mirror of the history of man. Petr Beckmann holds up this mirror, giving the background of the times when pi made progress -- and also when it did not, because science was being stifled by militarism or religious fanaticism.

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Dr. Beckmann wasn’t known for being afraid of saying what he felt, dissing Aristotle, Julius Caesar, the medieval Catholic Church, and Stalin (who he never dignifies with a mention by name, but simply ... Read full review

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User Review  - encephalical - LibraryThing

This is one of the weirdest books I've ever read, certainly the weirdest math book. Sure, it covers the history of calculating approximations of pi from Antiquity to the mid 20th century, but it also ... Read full review

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About the author (1971)

Petr Beckmann was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1924. Until 1963, he worked as a research scientist for the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, when he was invited as a Visiting Professor to the University of Colorado, where he decided to stay permanently as professor of electrical engineering. He has authored eleven books and more than fifty scientific papers, mostly on probability theory and electromagnetic wave propagation.

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