- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 19th ed. edition (July 15, 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312381859
- ISBN-13: 978-0312381851
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A History of Pi 19th ed. Edition
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From the Back Cover
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.