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Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors

Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors (Paperback)

By Parker, Matt

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What makes a bridge wobble when it's not meant to? How do billions of dollars mysteriously vanish into thin air? How does a building rock when its resonant frequency matches a gym class leaping to Snap's 1990 hit I've Got The Power? The answer is maths. Or, to be precise, what ha...ppens when maths goes wrong in the real world. As Matt Parker shows us, our modern lives are built on maths: computer programmes, finance, engineering. And most of the time this maths works quietly behind the scenes, until ... it doesn't. Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near-misses and mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman empire and a hapless Olympic shooting team, Matt Parker shows us the bizarre ways maths trips us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. This book shows how, by making maths our friend, we can learn from its pitfalls. It also contains puzzles, challenges, geometric socks, jokes about binary code and three deliberate mistakes. Getting it wrong has never been more fun.
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ISBN 9780141989143
Released NZ 17 Mar 2020
Publisher Penguin
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780141989143
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Ltd
Released 17 Mar 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Parker, Matt
Category Mathematics
History of Mathematics
Popular Science
Humour
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 19mm
Dewey Code 510.2
Weight 247g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Mathematics - Miscellanea, Mathematics - Humor
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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