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A 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 138 x 206 x 16mm | 199.58g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3rd edition
  • facsimiles, portraits
  • 0312381859
  • 9780312381851
  • 136,954

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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 Americanshow more

About Petr Beckmann

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.show more

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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. The mathematical level of this book is flexible, and there is plenty for readers of all ages and interests.show more

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