The Joy of Pi

  • by David Blatner
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman, Hank Jacobs, Laura Dean
  • 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

No number has captured the attention and imagination of people throughout the ages as much as the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. Pi is infinite and, in The Joy of Pi it proves to be infinitely intriguing. With incisive historical insight and a refreshing sense of humor, David Blatner explores the many facets of pi and humankind's fascination with it - from the ancient Egyptians and Archimedes to Leonardo da Vinci and the modern-day Chudnovsky brothers, who have calculated pi to eight billion digits with a homemade supercomputer.The Joy of Pi is a book of many parts. Breezy narratives recount the history of pi and the quirky stories of those obsessed with it. Sidebars document fascinating pi trivia. Dozens of snippets and factoids reveal pi's remarkable impact over the centuries. Mnemonic devices teach how to memorize pi to many hundreds of digits (or more, if you're so inclined). Pi-inspired poems, limericks, and jokes offer delightfully "square" pi humor.A tribute to all things pi, The Joy of Pi is sure to foster a newfound affection and respect for the big number with the funny little symbol.

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A great start for those who love math.

I think that the book "A beautiful mind" did a great deal to rekindle the love for mathematics in many of us. In school I certainly remember the drudgery of mathematics, and with the exception of my 10th grade math teacher most instructors were simply un-inspiring.

I have recently started to read about the history and the theory of mathematics in my leisure and have found that it is a relaxing, albeit unorthodox diversion.

This book is excellent in terms of giving the history and providing interesting pieces of the fascinating people who have worked with this number. Unlike other reviewers, I found it captivating. As with many audio books, I would recommend obtaining a copy of the print version also, because some of the equations need to be "seen" rather than just heard to truly appreciate them.

This book is clearly too basic for people who are acquainted with mathematical history or theoretical aspects of recent math theory, but for someone like myself, who finds this kind of information interesting and challenging I give it my highest recommendation.
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- Amazon Customer

Lost interest halfway through the book

Interesting concept of a book but sort of redundant. Even for a math major, this book is somewhat dry. There is only so many ways you can try to describe a number or theory without repeating yourself. I quit listnening halfway through the book.
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- Edmund W. Cheung

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-26-2002
  • Publisher: Random House Audio