A History of Pi (Paperback)
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Short Description for A History of Pi Documents the calculation, numerical value, and use of the ratio from 2000 B.C. to the modern computer age, detailing social conditions in eras when progress was made.
- Published: 31 December 1976
- Format: Paperback 200 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780312381851 ISBN 10: 0312381859
- Sales rank: 128,114
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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.