Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors (Paperback)Matt Parker (author)
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Fascinating and eye-opening, Humble Pi explains what happens when maths goes wrong in the real world. From Roman Empire and street signs to elections, lotteries and the internet, Parker explores the hitches and near-misses that have coloured the history of maths in this eloquent, highly entertaining read.
What makes a bridge wobble when it's not meant to? Billions of dollars mysteriously vanish into thin air? A building rock when its resonant frequency matches a gym class leaping to Snap's 1990 hit I've Got The Power? The answer is maths. Or, to be precise, what happens when maths goes wrong in the real world.
As Matt Parker shows us, our modern lives are built on maths: computer programmes, finance, engineering. And most of the time this maths works quietly behind the scenes, until ... it doesn't.
Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near-misses and mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman empire and a hapless Olympic shooting team, Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world.
Mathematics doesn't have good 'people skills', but we would all be better off, he argues, if we saw it as a practical ally. This book shows how, by making maths our friend, we can learn from its pitfalls. It also contains puzzles, challenges, geometric socks, jokes about binary code and three deliberate mistakes. Getting it wrong has never been more fun.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 247 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 19 mm
'Parker is consistently very funny.' - The Observer
'Numbers to die for'. - Simon Griffith, The Times
'[Matt Parker] shows off math at its most playful and multifarious' - Jordan Ellenberg, author of How to Not Be Wrong
'Matt Parker is some sort of unholy fusion of a prankster, wizard and brilliant nerd--maths is rarely this clever, funny and ever so slightly naughty.' - Adam Rutherford
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Such an amazing book! It’s just what I would expect from Matt Parker, he’s so funny.
“funny, accessible and clever”
From the more practical and life-threatening, like causing planes to crash, to the more psychological, like how people use faulty logic to pick lottery numbers, this funny and enlightening book shows how simple... More
“Glad I bought this”
All sorts of extraordinary events and mishaps, some humorous, some disastrous, with well put mathematical explanations. And there's no need to read it all at once, you can dip in and savour a section.
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