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Title:
A history of [pi] (pi)
Author:
Beckmann, Petr.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1974.

©1971
Physical Description:
200 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780312381851
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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.


Author Notes

Petr Beckmann was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1924. Until 1963, he worked as a research scientist for the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, when he was invited as a Visiting Professor to the University of Colorado, where he decided to stay permanently as professor of electrical engineering. He has authored eleven books and more than fifty scientific papers, mostly on probability theory and electromagnetic wave propagation.


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