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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Ships with Tracking Number! In fairness I must add that I have not found a reference to this event anywhere else, and Soviet books are unreliable where competitive religions are concerned.

Fine copy in fine dust jacket in ip. Macmillan- Mathematics – pages. Light to moderate shelf wear. Clean, bright and tight.

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It was the will of God, maintained the Grand Inquisitor of the Holy Office of the Inquisition Against Heretical Depravity, that such a solution was inaccessible to human understanding.

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I’m sure someone well-versed in math would have gotten more out of it, but I can’t say I was disappointed. The history of Pi is the history of humanity, and this is a good overview, touching on many of the actors who contributed to it over the centuries. Each milestone, each discovery, each new computational method concerned with pi, per a hisstory marker for some important shift in mathematical thought. Night Heron Books Published: Martin’s PressJan 6, – Mathematics – pages 0 Reviews 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.


It can often be recognized by the megalomaniacal style of their public buildings and facilities. This is one of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read. A History of [pi] pi Petr Beckmann No preview available – That said, a good book for a niche market. Doesn’t pull punches politically either! No ink names, tears, chips, foxing, etc.

Contains some markings such as highlighting and writing. The author ‘traces the journey of pi from its Babylonian creation to its use by the Greeks in measuring the earth to some medieval attempts to eradicate those who pursued it to its crucial role in modern computation.

A History of π

He seems to reject Christianity as unscientific always. Certainly it is a bit dated being published in the early 70s, but that isn’t strictly what Ot struggled with.

There is also a section describing some of the people convinced that they have squared the circle, despite it having been proven that it cannot be done.

I agree with many reviewers’ comments about his rants – sometimes I wondered if the point of the book was to be a soapbox for railing against any kind of oppression, especially against science. Magers and Quinn Booksellers Condition: Interesting presentation about PI, and a devastating critique of how first Rome then the Roman Catholic Church postponed progress for nearly two millennia.

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Jan 01, Mark rated it liked it. July 15, Condition: Your Online Bookstore Condition: It traces pi throughout history, going back to Babylonians and Egyptians and guessing how they might have arrived at their calculations. Therefor, his tangents tend to turn into rants, including my favorite part of the book, where he successfully, IMHO compares that paragon of western civilization, the Holy Roman Empire, with a few other empires: It’s a bit dated, especially when the author talks about “modern” attempts to calculate pi on computers and how the current record isdigits as of2.

Views Read Edit View history. If you want a good example of one — I’m sitting here and thinking I might need to change my star rating to a 2-star. All paths lead to pi, and Beckmann is a fantastic guide.

A History Of Pi

Nov 25, Stuart Macmartin rated it liked it Shelves: The title is pretty self-explanatory. Other than that, it was a thoroughly engrossing histody and definitely nice to have read for my continuing Mathematics education.

Strongly recommended for those with a curiosity for things mathematical and historical. But if you read the endnote for this passage you find: