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A History of Pi Paperback – 31 Dec 1976
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Whilst some of the Mathematical examples were demanding for someone like me, I found that you could skip over the detail, having caught the gist and this didn't spoil the book at all.
The one disappointment was a secondary reference that was used that ended up saying the exact opposite to the original author/text referred to. The suggestion was that al-Ghazzali said that Science causes someone to lose their religion when in fact the original reference which I've read in both the original Arabic and its translated English from 'The Refutation of the Philosophers' actually condemns the religious ignaramouses who through their appalling insistence on ignorance become a harm for their religion and can be a means of putting rational people off from religion. The example given in the original refers to Eclipses but could equally apply to other clearly established facts.
1. It is a reprint of a book first published in 1974, ie before the personal-computer age got going; it thus covers the history of pi only up to about 30 years ago. But this does not detract very much from the book as all that has happened (I think) since the advent of powerful computers is that pi has been calculated to a lot more decimal places.
2. The author - someone who has an interest in history as well as mathematics - is very polemical in his views, calling the Romans "thugs" because of their disregard for culture, and taking a hard line on the Church and Communism in relation to their lack of openness towards science and the discussion of new ideas. Readers should be prepared for more than just a mathematical treatise.
3. I am a maths graduate (of many years ago) and was able to follow most of the mathematical proofs and calculations in the book, athough it seemed to me that there were some typographical errors in the maths that at times made the logic hard to follow (or was it just me??).
Overall, though, if you want a fairly easy read of a good description of the history of the discovery of pi and the work done over the centuries trying to discern its value, this book is worth having.