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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User Review  setnahkt  LibraryThingDr. 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  LibraryThingThis 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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