- Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
- Verlag: Griffin; Auflage: 00019 (31. Dezember 1976)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0312381859
- ISBN-13: 978-0312381851
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14,1 x 0,1 x 0,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 20 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 199.526 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
A History of Pi (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 31. Dezember 1976
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"A pure delight . . . Entirely offbeat, which gives it its charm." --"The Denver Post"
"A very readable account." --"Science"
"A cheerful work." --"Scientific American"
A pure delight . . . Entirely offbeat, which gives it its charm. "The Denver Post"
A very readable account. "Science"
A cheerful work. "Scientific American""
-A pure delight . . . Entirely offbeat, which gives it its charm.- --The Denver Post
-A very readable account.- --Science
-A cheerful work.- --Scientific American
Documents the calculation, numerical value, and use of the ratio from 2000 B.C. to the modern computer age, detailing social conditions in eras when progress was made.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
Like the Irish of James Joyce's Ulysses, he finds the Roman Empire to be an overblown, violent, anti-intellectual tyranny. Unlike the Irish, he thinks that the Brits are wonderful. After all, they took good care of Isaac Newton.
Scattered around this leavening of political rhetoric is a mathematical history of pi. Here, too, there's a polemic. Beckman dosen't like modern math teaching methods. Nonetheless, the material is interesting. You can imagine the sarcastic field-day that he gets out of the Indiana State Legislature's near-miss at legislating pi to be equal to 3.
The book ends with a badly dated and rather uninformed exploration of computerized calculations of pi.
All in all, I found the book to be a window into a rather obsessive personality. I'm not sure I care enough about the various calculations of pi to justify the toasty feeling of reading a 100 page flame.
Some of the criticisms have pointed out Beckmann's tendency to use this book as a sounding board for his biases. And, to be sure, the book is peppered with curious asides that are largely irrelevant to the tale of Pi. Happily, they can be overlooked without detracting from the main story.
If I were addressing my comments to the readers of Grisham or King, I'd be concerned about the power of those comments to offend. But mindful that the 'average' reader of 'A History of Pi' is nothing like the 'average reader' of books generally, I suspect most readers will be either amused or bored by these little diversions, but that few will be offended. (I was amused by Beckmann, who reminds me of a cantankerous uncle.) Overall, the reader comes away with a greater appreciation for the history of this curious number.
He also mocks the Indiana State Legislature (which, in 1897, nearly passed a law that set the value of pi at about 9.23), and Theodore Heisel (who, in 1931, wrote a mathematical treatise that ignored 4000 years of progress in determining pi).
But he praises Archimedes and Newton, among others, for their heroic and quiet progress in determining the value and application of pi. And, sadly, he concludes that the Heisels of the world are more numerous than the Archimedes.
Great book. But it must be read with an open mind.
The Japanese mathematician who calculated Pi to over 5 billion places, read the book in Japanese over twenty years ago.
The book has inspired me to write a similar book about Pythagorean triples. A related book is "e, The story of a number." Also recommended is "The Ascent of Man" by Bronowski.
ONE FOR THE LIBRARY.
Don't be put off by the terrifying-looking equations. They are to this narrative as mind- numbing descriptions of flora and fauna and the contents of living rooms are to novels-- just there to satisfy detail-fanatics that the homework has been dutifully done. That is, you can safely skim 'em and still "get the point"-- plus enjoy a whacking good yarn!
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I read this book some 30 years ago and cherished it. (I did lend it to somebody, who obviously liked it too, so I had to buy it again...)
The stories are great! Lesen Sie weiter...
Das Werk empfiehlt sich deswegen weil es zu einem wohlbekannten Thema fast alles, was im Laufe der Jahrtausende entdeckt wurde, anschaulich macht.Deswegen sehr empfehlenswert!Am 31. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
After reading this book I felt like I was part of something that I had never felt before. I felt that I was part of the history of pi baecause I knew basically everything about... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 29. Januar 2000 von Matt Martz
The thematic dissonance Dr. Beckmann serves up in this ostensible history of science treatise starts off very amusing, grows annoying towards the middle and ends up with you... Lesen Sie weiter...Veröffentlicht am 10. Dezember 1999 von Jon McAuliffe
The author sounds like someone I'd love to meet at the Oak Bar for a few martinis--but over a book's length his initially amusing tantrums and diatribes about the fools of history... Lesen Sie weiter...Am 23. August 1999 veröffentlicht
I liked A History of Pi. It showed how pi evolved into what it is today and it also contributed to the very little number of pi books available.Veröffentlicht am 11. Juni 1999 von Paul J
Beckmann's intention is to show how the development of pi mirrored the general development of science and technology (and thought in general) throughout history. Lesen Sie weiter...Am 21. Januar 1999 veröffentlicht