## How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of MathematicsA Publishers Weekly best book of 2015 |

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#### LibraryThing Review

User Review - BeckyGraham1016 - LibraryThingThis was actually a fun look at mathematics. I learned a lot about what "math" is and isn't, and more importantly, why math is - and Ms. Cheng is rather funny which I enjoyed. Bonus points for the Star Wars reference. Read full review

#### HOW TO BAKE PI: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics

User Review - Jane Doe - KirkusAn original book using recipes to explain sophisticated math concepts to students and even the math-phobic. In a chapter on generalization, Cheng (Mathematics/Univ. of Sheffield and Univ. of Chicago ... Read full review

### Contents

Prologue | 1 |

Chapter 1 What Is Math? | 7 |

Chapter 2 Abstraction | 15 |

Chapter 3 Principles | 45 |

Chapter 4 Process | 57 |

Chapter 5 Generalization | 71 |

Chapter 6 Internal vs External | 97 |

Chapter 7 Axiomatization | 115 |

Chapter 10 Context | 165 |

Chapter 11 Relationships | 183 |

Chapter 12 Structure | 205 |

Chapter 13 Sameness | 221 |

Chapter 14 Universal Properties | 239 |

Chapter 15 What Category Theory Is | 263 |

Acknowledgments | 281 |

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How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics Eugenia Cheng Limited preview - 2015 |

How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics Eugenia Cheng No preview available - 2016 |

How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics Eugenia Cheng No preview available - 2015 |

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