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Humble Pi A Comedy of Maths Errors

by Matt Parker

Humble Pi A Comedy of Maths Errors Synopsis

**The First Ever Maths Book to be a No.1 Bestseller** 'Wonderful ... superb' Daily Mail What makes a bridge wobble when it's not meant to? Billions of dollars mysteriously vanish into thin air? 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 happens 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. Mathematics doesn't have good 'people skills', but we would all be better off, he argues, if we saw it as a practical ally. 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.

Humble Pi A Comedy of Maths Errors Press Reviews

Matt Parker is some sort of unholy fusion of a prankster, wizard and brilliant nerd--maths is rarely this clever, funny and ever so slightly naughty. * Adam Rutherford, author of Creation * [Matt Parker] shows off math at its most playful and multifarious --Jordan Ellenberg, author of How to Not Be Wrong * Jordan Ellenberg * An entertaining and often alarming journey through the numerical blunders made over the years. * The Big Issue * I just finished the new book by irrepressible maths enthusiast @standupmaths, and it's GREAT! -- Adam Savage, ex-host of 'Mythbusters' * Twitter * Bought it yesterday, enjoying it enormously, well done! -- Dara O Briain * Twitter * Numbers to die for. Four stars. -- Simon Griffith * Mail on Sunday * Parker is consistently very funny . . . highly entertaining. * The Guardian * Matt Parker has pulled off something wonderful . . . his stories are superb. -- Marcus Berkmann * The Daily Mail *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241360231
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Author: Matt Parker
Publisher: Allen Lane an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 336 pages
Categories: Popular mathematics, History of mathematics, Humour,

About Matt Parker

Originally a maths teacher from Australia, Matt Parker now lives in Godalming in a house full of almost every retro video-game console ever made. He is fluent in binary and could write your name in a sequence of noughts and ones in seconds. He loves doing maths and stand-up, often simultaneously. When he's not working as the Public Engagement in Mathematics Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, he's performing in sold-out live comedy shows, spreading his love of maths via TV and radio, or converting photographs into Excel spreadsheets. He is the author of Things to Make and Do ...

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