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A History of Pi is a non-fiction book by Petr Beckmann that presents a layman’s introduction to the concept of the mathematical constant pi (π). Contents . 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. Documents the calculation, numerical value, and use of the ratio from B.C. to the modern computer age, detailing social conditions in eras when progress.

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A History of π

Entire chapters are about historical periods and other breakthroughs in mathematics with a spattering of “and during this time so-and-so calculated pi to 60 digits using Archimedes’ method. This procedure is, I am persuaded, no less useful pftr for the proofs of the theorems themselves; for certain things first became clear to me by a mechanical method, although they had to be demonstrated by geometry afterwards because their investigation by the said method did not furnish an actual demonstration.

Jan 01, Owen rated it liked it Shelves: Geometric considerations Archimedes’ Methodastronomy, Zu Chongzi’s estimate, the origin of a zero digit, algebra, calculus, Euler’s formula, the computer revolution. There are some interesting and entertaining moments even when Bechmann rants against certain institutions and historical views Future editions should both expand on pi’s use in modern math and update or better, eliminate the preachy Cold War side-notes.


First of all, its not really a history of pi. As a history of pi, it kind of doesn’t really work for a couple of reasons. I did find he sloughed over too many details beckman some cases, presenting some math I don’t quite remember with not enough detail to remind me.

Jul 15, Mugizi Rwebangira rated it really liked it.

Beckmann died in Next to it on the shelf was “A History of Pi. Oct 05, Chad Bearden rated it liked it Shelves: A chi p on his shoulder.

Bistory just a weird tangent to wander into in the middle of a text on the history of mathematics. Petr Beckmann Snippet view – He worked as a research scientist for the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences untilwhen he was invited as a Visiting Professor to the University of Colorado and he decided to stay permanently as professor of electrical engineering.

Area of a circle Circumference Use in other formulae.

I skipped most of the real math with the author’s blessing, as he states in the prefaceand stuck to the text which uistory satisfying for me in my own way.

Refresh and try again. It also has a lot of additional history of mathematics in general. Jan 22, Casey rated it liked it.

Open Preview See a Problem? However, the upshot to this book is that the author barely escaped from Soviet Russia, and so has ZERO tolerance for oppression in any of its forms.


Leave out the hisstory calculus, too!

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A little light on Eastern mathematicians. All paths lead to pi, and Beckmann is a fantastic guide. Common terms and phrases 17th century Alexandria algebraic angle approximation Arabic Archimedean polygons Archimedes arctangent astronomer axioms Babylonians brim calculating calendar Carl Friedrich Gauss century B.

The fact that he occasionally histort into the methods by which those mathemeticians were able to calculate pi with greater and greater accuracy over the years I guess justifies the book’s oof.

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Near as I can tell, the half-angle arctangent series are muy importanto to programming computers to figure out pi for us. A History of [pi] pi Petr Beckmann Limited preview – Beside its flaws the book still stands as an interesting work of quasi-interdisciplinary scholarship.

Curious is to grasp out how much progress we have done mathematically, but how much little progress we have done as human race. A History of Pi Griffin Books.

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