No number has captured the attention and imagination of number fanatics and nerds throughout the ages as much as the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter--a.k.a. pi. With incisive historical insight and a refreshing sense of humor, The Joy of Pi brings us the story of pi and humankind's fascination with it, from Archimedes to da Vinci to the modern day Chudnovsky brothers, who holed up in their Manhattan apartment with a homemade supercomputer churning out digits of pi into the billions.
The Joy of Pi is a book of many parts. Breezy narratives tell the history of pi and the quirky stories of those obsessed with it; sidebars recount fascinating pi trivia; dozens of snippets and factoids reveal pi's many facets; mnemonic devices teach how to memorize pi to many hundreds of digits; pi-inspired cartoons, poems, limericks, and jokes offer delightfully "square" pi humor. And, to satisfy even the most exacting of number jocks, the first one million digits of pi are reproduced throughout the book. A tribute to all things pi, The Joy of Pi is sure to foster a newfound affection and respect for that big number with the funny little symbol.
The Joy of Pi is available at all major bookstores or from Amazon.com.
The Joy of Pi was published in the UK by Penguin Books, though it is not currently in print. You can find new and used copies at Amazon.co.uk.
Other Pi-related books:
- A History of Pi, by Petr Beckmann
- Piece of Pi: Wit-Sharpening, Brain-bruising, Number-Crunching Activities with Pi (Grades 6-8) , by Naila Bokhari
- Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure), by Cindy Neuschwander
- Not A Wake: A dream embodying (pi)'s digits fully for 10000 decimals, by Mike Keith
- Pi: A Biography of the World's Most Mysterious Number, by Alfred S. Posamentier
- The Number Pi, by Pierre Eymard and Jean-Pierre Lafon
- Pi - Unleashed, by Jörg Arndt and Christoph Haenel
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- The Code Book, by Simon Singh
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- Pi: A Source Book, by Lennart Berggren, Jonathan M. Borwein, Peter B. Borwein
- The History of Pi, by Petr Beckmann
- Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, by Charles Seife
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