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 - setnahkt - LibraryThing
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
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