A History of [pi Symbol] (pi)
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. The mathematical level of this book is flexble, and there is plenty for readers of all ages and interests.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - melydia - LibraryThing
I like books about the history of math and numbers, but this one was a bit of a slog at times. Lots of equations. It also was strangely dated, what with the author's frequent scathing commentary on ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ASBiskey - LibraryThing
This book is exactly what it says: a history of pi from ropes in wet sand to computers. It is a little dated at almost fourty years old, but considering the thousands of years of mathematical history ... Read full review