6 Jan The history of pi, says the author, though a small part of the history of Petr Beckmann holds up this mirror, giving the background of the times. 2 Dec A History of Pi, published in , is about two things. The first is pi, the number, and our history struggling with its baffling qualities. The second. PETR BECKMANN, A History of or (Pi), Second Edition, The Golem Press, we must look at errors in history and mathematics, errors in which this book.

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Petr Beckmann never really attempts to get into the philosophical implications of pi, and that left me a little wanting.

Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! However, when the first few examples he gives of how the ancients found their values for pi are rendered into oh-so-simple differential calculus, it does not count as making the book math-lite to merely leave out the proof. Open Preview See a Problem? I’m sitting here and thinking I might need to change my star rating to a 2-star.

This procedure is, I am persuaded, no less useful even for the proofs of the theorems themselves; for certain things first became clear to me by a mechani “‘History records the names of royal bastards, but cannot tell us the origins of wheat. Doesn’t pull punches politically either!

But if you read the endnote for this passage you find: This is one of my all-time favorite math books because not only does Petr Beckmann give an excellent and easy to understand history of this most important number, but he has a very unique writing voice that just cracks me up. Jan 01, Owen rated it liked it Shelves: If you can get past his biases, you may enjoy this book.

The book is okay.

## A History Of Pi

Commentary on the Roman Empire, Muslim conquests, the Christian Church, the Soviets – all contribute hilariously to this text. A bone to pick specifically: Overall a good book. I’m enjoying this book; even with Beckmann’s rants.

Novel Ideas Books Published: Illustrated with drawings of various mathematicians.

Mathematics General Sciences History of mathematics. Beckmann died in There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

### A History Of Pi by Beckmann, Petr

Beckmann jumps and skips from one era to another giving you the lowdown on a random sampling The fact that it was written in adds a little bit of out-of-date flavor that makes “A History of Pi” a lot more amusing than it otherwise might have been. He does often show his bias against religion – particularly Christianity – particularly Catholicism especially in a time in history when they opposed good science for no good reason.

May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Petr Beckmann holds up this mirror, giving the background of ny times when pi made progress — and also when it did not, because science was being stifled by militarism It beckmannn pi throughout history, going back to Babylonians and Egyptians and guessing how they might have arrived at their calculations.

Petr Beckmann holds up this mirror, giving beclmann background of the times when pi made progress — and also when it did not, because science was being stifled by militarism or religious fanaticism.

### A History of Pi – Petr Beckmann – Google Books

He seems to reject Christianity as unscientific always. May 17, Jeroen Bos-mulder rated it it was amazing.

That being said, the book turned out to be pretty entertaining. The author of this text is an Electrical Engineer by trade, and this contributes to the lion’s share of the comedy throughout. 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.

Russell Books Ltd Condition: However, when the first few examples he gives of how the ancients found their values for pi are rendered into oh-so-simple differential calc In the first few pages, the author describes this book as being ‘light on the math.

Each milestone, each discovery, each new computational method concerned with pi, is a trail marker for some important shift in mathematical thought. Apr 22, Andrew Breslin rated beckmannn really liked it. However, the upshot to this book is that the author barely petd from Soviet Russia, and so has ZERO tolerance for oppression in any of its forms.

## A History of π

The author summarizes that throughout the history it has become fashionable to blame science and technology for the ills of society, and he writes in his last lines that perhaps the n-th generation of intelligent computers will make a better job of keeping peace among men and nations than men have ever been able to do.

The author has balanced the background history and the mathematical concepts, so that it can be appreciated by anyone even without a thorough mathematical base. Martin’s Press, New York: Barnes and Noble, There is some heavy math in the book, but it’s not important that you understand it in order to enjoy ppetr book.