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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No eBook available Amazon. Read, highlight, and take beckmamn, across web, tablet, and phone. 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.
This is one of the weirdest books I’ve ever read, certainly the weirdest math book. Sure, it covers the history of calculating approximations of pi from Antiquity to the mid 20th century, but it also Petr Beckmann was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in Untilhe 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. Account Options Sign in.
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 My library Help Advanced Book Search. A History of Pi.
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