History of Pi

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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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Overview

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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"A pure delight . . . Entirely offbeat, which gives it its charm." —The Denver Post

"A very readable account." —Science

"A cheerful work." —Scientific American

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312381851
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/1976
  • Edition number: 19
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 555,886
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 1.85 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted August 22, 2009

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    Exceptionally Written

    Peter Beckman does an excellent job in being comprehensive and, simultaneously, writes a large amount of information on a number of different topics in only 208 pages while not forming it into a mere reference book. It is definitely the best book written on Pi yet. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2004

    An interesting book...

    Beckmann covers a lot of information in this seemingly small book. The book is well thought out and written in a way that is easy to understand. I must say I was more entertained than I anticipated being from a book on mathematics.

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