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A history of [pi] (pi)

Author: Petr Beckmann
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©1971.
Series: Griffin Books
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2d edView all editions and formats
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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. The mathematical level of this book is flexible, and there is plenty for readers of all ages  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Petr Beckmann
ISBN: 0312381859 9780312381851
OCLC Number: 2479097
Description: 200 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Griffin Books
Responsibility: Petr Beckmann.

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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. The mathematical level of this book is flexible, and there is plenty for readers of all ages and interests.

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