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by Petr Beckmann

eBook A history of [pi] (pi) epub
  • ISBN: 0911762078
  • Author: Petr Beckmann
  • Genre: Science
  • Subcategory: Mathematics
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Golem Press (1970)
  • ePUB size: 1931 kb
  • FB2 size 1542 kb
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Petr Beckmann was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1924

Petr Beckmann was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1924. He has authored eleven books and more than fifty scientific papers, mostly on probability theory and electromagnetic wave propagation.

A history of π containing only the bare facts and dates when who did what to π tends to be rather dull, and I thought it more interesting to mix in some of the background of the times .

A history of π containing only the bare facts and dates when who did what to π tends to be rather dull, and I thought it more interesting to mix in some of the background of the times in which π made progress. Sometimes I have strayed rather far afield, as in the case of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages; but I thought it just as important to explore the times when π did not make any progress, and why it did not make any. The mathematical level of the book is flexible.

The history of pi, says the author, though a small part of the history of mathematics, is nevertheless a mirror .

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.

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A History of Pi (also titled A History of π) is a 1970 non-fiction book by Petr Beckmann that presents a layman's introduction to the concept of the mathematical constant pi (π). Beckmann was a Czechoslovakian who fled the Communist regime to c. . Beckmann was a Czechoslovakian who fled the Communist regime to come to the United States. His dislike of authority gives A History of Pi a style that belies its dry title

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The history of pi, says the author, though a small .

The history of pi, says the author, though a small part of the history of mathematics, is nevertheless a mirror of the history of ma. His published works comprise 14 books, includingThe History of Pi and Einstein Plus Two, and more than fifty scientific papers, mostly on probability theory and electromagnetic wave propagation. Beckmann died in 1993. Библиографические данные. A History of Pi Griffin Books. Petr Beckmann holds up this mirror, giving the background of the times when pi made. Petr Beckmann Electrical Engineering Department, University of Colorado. ST. MARTIN'S PRESS New York. 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.

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Comments: (7)
Kitaxe
It’s hard to imagine that anyone could spend 220 pages talking about one number. It’s even harder to imagine how otherwise sane people would spend years trying to outdo each other in the number of decimal places they could achieve in calculating pi. That being said, the book turned out to be pretty entertaining. It has some interesting historical notes on great mathematicians and scholars as well as some righteous bashing of the church, the state, and the conquerors for suppression and destruction of scientific knowledge. Sadly, that still happens. Overall, I enjoyed the book.
MARK BEN FORD
Written both from a true mathematical point of view as well as a humorous take on societal norms, A History of Pi has proven to be both informative and entertaining. A perfect nighttime read. Depending on my mood, I could either pay strict attention to the mathematical proofs and concepts or just browse the proofs and enjoy the entertaining aspects of how Pi was related to the different societies and its historical relevancy to those specific societies. As a graduate engineer, I enjoy and understand rigorous technical publications but sometimes just want an entertaining read. This writer provided both sides of that basis for my reading interests. Read it and enjoy it too...dj
LeXXXuS
One of the reviewers complained about this book's continuous digressions. Well, you must know before reading this book that mathematicians were never great historians. Dr Beckmann is a professor of Electrical Engineering and this is more in the Physics side. This makes him potentially worse of a historian. But then would you please stop for a second and tell me what you want to know in a book about "Pi!"
I know I want to know almost anything there is about it. I want to know its origin, how people dealt with it in ancient days, and how people are dealing with it nowadays or in the past 100 year. Do not be mystified, for this number was known long long ago.
Then what is wrong with digressions? We want to know as much as possible, don't we? I saw that Dr Beckmann insights were all interesting. You would say, "Oh, yeah, another one of those geeky mathematicians." But I would only answer that I hate computers but read the section about applying the computer in computing new digits of this strange number.
This number appears in so many places in mathematics. The most famous is in the formula relating the circumference of the circle to the radius. And it appears in so many other sciences. It was the passion of so many amateur mathematicians to compete in the memorization of as many as a million digits after the decimal point.
Do you see why I decided to read the book? It is worth your time. Read it you too.
Dominator
I've read several math history books, this is by far the best. More history, less math, China, Middle east, Europe and why Pi matters to everyone.
Dishadel
Interesting documentaries on the waves of authoritarianism that pervade human history. The joy of exploring “what if” wins eventually, and leaves ignorance untouched.
Lailace
I ordered the Kindle version, but the formulas are very small, very tiny. I am using the PC Kindle version.
Mamuro
Mr Beckmann promised a history not bogged down with intimidating formulas and equations, and almost immediately we are smothered by algebra and trig functions and God knows what, making it a difficult read at best and unintelligible at worst. Lots of dated politics too. Needs an update.
If you love numbers this is book to read to fill in all the Pi trivia.
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