π: A Biography of the World's Most Mysterious Number

π: A Biography of the World's Most Mysterious Number [PDF / Epub] ☄ π: A Biography of the World's Most Mysterious Number By Alfred S. Posamentier – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk We all learned that the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter is called pi and that the value of this algebraic symbol is roughly What we weren t told, though, is that behind this se We all learned that the Biography of eBook ↠ ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter is called pi and that the value of this algebraic symbol is roughlyWhat we weren t told, though, is that behind this seemingly mundane fact is a world of mystery, which has fascinated mathematicians from ancient times to the present Simply put, pi is weird Mathematicians call it π: A PDF \ a transcendental number because its value cannot be calculated by any combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and square root extraction In this delightful layperson s introduction to one of math s most interesting phenomena, Drs Posamentier and Lehmann review pi s history from prebiblical times to the st century, the many amusing and mind boggling ways of estimating pi over the centuries, quirky A Biography of PDF Ê examples of obsessing about pi including an attempt to legislate its exact value , and useful applications of pi in everyday life, including statisticsThis enlightening and stimulating approach to mathematics will entertain lay readers while improving their mathematical literacy.


10 thoughts on “π: A Biography of the World's Most Mysterious Number

  1. Dave Brothers Dave Brothers says:

    The first third of this book is chock full of wildly interesting mathematical history regarding the evolution of our understanding of pi a highly intriguing and ubiquitous number with a simple concept the ratio of a circle s diameter to its circumference yet an as yet unobtainable exact value If and only if you re highly interested in lists of formulas which, admittedly, I kind of am , the middle of the book is relatively interesting The last 40 or so pages are dedicated to showing the The first third of this book is chock full of wildly interesting mathematical history regarding the evolution of our understanding of pi a highly intriguing and ubiquitous number with a simple concept the ratio of a circle s diameter to its circumference yet an as yet unobtainable exact value If and only if you re highly interested in lists of formulas which, admittedly, I kind of am , the middle of the book is relatively interesting The last 40 or so pages are dedicated to showing the entire length of the known value of pi which is an astounding accomplishment to behold, but naturally not the most thrilling reading material in and of itself Definitely check it out for the historical value thanks to this book, I discovered how long 500 stadia are


  2. Angela Angela says:

    A good book, most of the facts were known for me, but I really enjoyed the recreational math part.


  3. Carly Carly says:

    I did not read this book for pleasure, I read it because I had to write a paper about pi The book actually wasn t as boring as I thought it would be There were some very interesting facts about pi I never knew, but I am a nerd, what can I say


  4. Ed Ed says:

    I m no master of maths, but numbers and mathematics make for fascinating material when given the proper treatment This book succeeded in illuminating that mysterious number that is found in every circle.


  5. Mike Budzik Mike Budzik says:

    A quick read because IV been through most of the information before Chapter 7 Paradox in salvaged the book in my opinion.


  6. Joel Joel says:

    The book is filled with mathematical theorems and isn t approachable for a casual reader as promised by the authors.


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