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Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors

Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors

Matt Parker, the brilliant stand-up mathematician, shows us what happens when maths goes wrong in the real world We would all be better off if everyone saw mathematics as a practical ally. Sadly, most of us fear maths and seek to avoid it. This is because mathematics doesn't have... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780241360231
Barcode 9780241360231
Published 7 March 2019 by Penguin
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Parker, Matt
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ISBN-13 9780241360231
ISBN-10 0241360234
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Publication Date 7 March 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Parker, Matt
Category Mathematics
History of Mathematics
Popular Science
Humour
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 162mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 32mm
Weight 555g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Mathematics - Miscellanea, Mathematics - Humor
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 510.2
Catalogue Code 962220

Description of this Book

Matt Parker, the brilliant stand-up mathematician, shows us what happens when maths goes wrong in the real world We would all be better off if everyone saw mathematics as a practical ally. Sadly, most of us fear maths and seek to avoid it. This is because mathematics doesn't have good 'people skills' - it never hesitates to bluntly point out when we are wrong. But it is only trying to help! Mathematics is a friend which can fill the gaps in what our brains can do naturally. Luckily, even though we don't like sharing our own mistakes, we love to read about what happens when maths errors make the everyday go horribly wrong. Matt Parker explores and explains near misses and mishaps with planes, bridges, the internet and big data as a way of showing us not only how important maths is, but how we can use it to our advantage. This comedy of errors is a brilliantly told series of disaster stories with a happy ending.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review [Matt Parker] shows off math at its most playful and multifarious --Jordan Ellenberg, author of How to Not Be Wrong * Jordan Ellenberg * 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, author of Creation *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Originally a maths teacher from Australia, Matt Parker now lives in Godalming in a house full of almost every retro video-game console ever made. He is fluent in binary and could write your name in a sequence of noughts and ones in seconds. He loves doing maths and stand-up, often simultaneously. When he's not working as the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, he's performing in sold-out live comedy shows, spreading his love of maths via TV and radio, or converting photographs into Excel spreadsheets. He is the author of Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension.

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