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A history of [pi symbol] (pi)

Author: Petr Beckmann
Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Golem Press, 1982.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 5th edView all editions and formats
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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 flexble, and there is plenty for readers of all ages and  Read more...
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Beckmann, Petr.
History of [pi symbol] (pi).
Boulder, Colo. : Golem Press, 1982
(OCoLC)654240160
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Petr Beckmann
ISBN: 0911762183 9780911762181
OCLC Number: 9840654
Description: 202 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Dawn --
Belt --
Early greeks --
Euclid --
Roman pest --
Archimedes of Syracuse --
Dusk --
Night --
Awakening --
Digit hunters --
Last Archimedeans --
Prelude to breakthrough --
Newton --
Euler --
Monte Carlo method --
Transcendence of (pi) --
Modern circle squarers --
Computer age --
Chronological table.
Responsibility: Petr Beckmann.

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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 flexble, and there is plenty for readers of all ages and interests.

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