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How to Bake Pi: Easy recipes for understanding complex maths

How to Bake Pi: Easy recipes for understanding complex maths

What is maths all about? And what on earth do cake and custard have to do with it? The fabulous Eugenia Cheng's entertaining guide to mathematical thinking, available now in paperback.

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ISBN 9781781252888
Barcode 9781781252888
Published 22 June 2016 by Profile Books Ltd
Format Paperback, Main
Language English (translated from: English)
Author(s) By Cheng, Eugenia
Availability Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781781252888
ISBN-10 1781252882
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Profile Books Ltd
Publication Date 22 June 2016
International Publication Date 2 June 2016
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Cheng, Eugenia
Category Mathematics
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 255g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
NBS Text Mathematics
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 510
Catalogue Code 985029

Description of this Book

Mobius bagels, Euclid's flourless chocolate cake and apple pi - this is maths, but not as you know it. In How to Bake Pi, mathematical crusader and star baker Eugenia Cheng has rustled up a batch of delicious culinary insights into everything from simple numeracy to category theory ('the mathematics of mathematics'), via Fermat, Poincare and Riemann. Maths is much more than simultaneous equations and pr2 : it is an incredibly powerful tool for thinking about the world around us. And once you learn how to think mathematically, you'll never think about anything - cakes, custard, bagels or doughnuts; not to mention fruit crumble, kitchen clutter and Yorkshire puddings - the same way again. Stuffed with moreish puzzles and topped with a generous dusting of wit and charm, How to Bake Pi is a foolproof recipe for a mathematical feast.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review It would be wonderful if this book attracted a new audience to the field. And there's no better ambassador (or dinner-party host, I'd wager) than Eugenia Cheng. -- Alex Bellos New York Times Quirky recipes, personal anecdotes and a large dollop of equations are the key ingredients in this alternative guide to maths and the scientific process. You should find it as easy as cooking a pie. Observer A brilliant gourmet feast of what maths is really about -- Ian Stewart, author of Professor Stewart's Incredible Numbers A concert pianist, mathematician, polyglot and now YouTube star, Cheng has carved out quite a niche for herself demystifying maths through cake. It's a Beautiful-Mind-meets-Scott-Pilgrim kind of mission, and Cheng brings to it an ebullient enthusiasm that's infectious Guardian An entertaining introduction to the beauty of mathematics by drawing on insights from the kitchen Times Educational Supplement Cheng's own personality really shines through. By conversing with her audience as equals, readers will likely connect with her, which in turn brings down the barriers to the subject...For readers who have even a pinch of native interest, she has masterfully lowered the mental barriers to new vistas. The book makes almost no mathematical demands of the reader, and yet explains ideas around maths, throughout. It is so seamless and so painless, it is quite brilliant Bookmunch Deliciously lively...It is Cheng's delightful descriptions of her gastronomic adventures that bring the mathematics to life Times Higher Education
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Eugenia Cheng is Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield. She was educated at the University of Cambridge and has done post-doctoral work at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice. Since 2007 her YouTube lectures and videos have been viewed around 700,000 times to date. A concert pianist, she also speaks French, English and Cantonese, and her mission in life is to rid the world of maths phobia.

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