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.
Praise for A History of Pi
“A pure delight . . . Entirely offbeat, which gives it its charm.” —The Denver Post
“A very readable account.” —Science
“A cheerful work.” —Scientific American