Few mathematical mysteries have captured the imagination as much as pi: the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. For 4,000 years we have puzzled over this transcendental number. In The Joy of Pi David Blatner explores its extraordinary history, from Archimedes to Leonardo da Vinci, from Newton to the modern-day Chudnovsky brothers, currently calculating pi into the billions with a home-made supercomputer. As well as stories of those obsessed with the nubmer, this book includes pi-inspired cartoons, poems, limericks and jokes; devices to teach you how to memorize pi; and the calculation of pi the first one million digits - enough to satisfy all but the most exacting of pi eccentrics.
- Publication Date:
- 21 / 10 / 1998