A History of Pi

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Macmillan, 1971 - Mathematics - 200 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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User 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

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User 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

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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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