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A History of Pi

A History of Pi

Petr Beckmann

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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

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Petr Beckmann

Petr Beckmann was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1924. He worked as a research scientist for the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences until 1963, when he was invited as a Visiting Professor to the University of Colorado and he decided to stay permanently as professor of electrical engineering. His published works comprise 14 books, includingThe History of Pi and Einstein Plus Two, and more than fifty scientific papers, mostly on probability theory and electromagnetic wave propagation. Beckmann died in 1993.

Petr Beckmann

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