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The fact that he occasionally delves into the methods by which those mathemeticians were able to calculate pi with greater and greater accuracy over the years I guess justifies the book's title.

Secondly, Beckmann does absolutely nothing to make pi seem like the awesomly inpenetratable number that it is.

The main reason I picked this up to read in the first place was because I recently read the chapter from Richard Preston's most recent book about the Chudnovsky brothers and their strange obsession with calculating the digits of pi. In that single chapter, Preston did a fascinating job of pulling you into the bizarre world of pi, and made me understand why a mathemetician could get lost in all those infinite, endless numbers.

Petr Beckmann never really attempts to get into the philosophical implications of pi, and that left me a little wanting.

The third thing that bugged me was Beckmann's occasional lapses into opaque mathematical formulas. To his credit, he does include a helpful tip in his introduction: "The reader who find the mathematics too difficult in some places is urged to do what the mathemeticians will do when he finds it too trivial: Skip it.

Among these little problems, however, arises the " Factor".

This Factor manifests itself in a few amusing ways, not the least notably in the book's final chapter apparently added in its third edition about "The Computer Age".

Its like basking in the delight of a five year old's amazement when you pull a quarter out of their ear. It's just so adorable.

In that single chapter, Preston did a fascinating job of pulling you into the bizarre world of pi, and made me understand why a mathemetician could get lost in all those infinite, endless numbers. Petr Beckmann never really attempts to get into the philosophical implications of pi, and that left me a little wanting.

The third thing that bugged me was Beckmann's occasional lapses into opaque mathematical formulas.

To his credit, he does include a helpful tip in his introduction: "The reader who find the mathematics too difficult in some places is urged to do what the mathemeticians will do when he finds it too trivial: Skip it.

Among these little problems, however, arises the " Factor". This Factor manifests itself in a few amusing ways, not the least notably in the book's final chapter apparently added in its third edition about "The Computer Age".

Its like basking in the delight of a five year old's amazement when you pull a quarter out of their ear. It's just so adorable. The other amusing side effect is Beckmann's unmasked distate for those darned communists!

Amid the sometimes dry historical accounts and the calculus equations and geometric theorems, the author just can't help himself and throws in several rather opinionated rants against those pesky Soviets. They made for some odd juxtapositions that brought a smile to my face every time they came up.Here is the drama that Beckmann sees played out throughout history: the genius is dispatched by the moron.

But even there, its far too anecdotal to serve as any real history lesson. It's just so adorable.

To his credit, he does include a helpful tip in his introduction: "The reader who find the mathematics too difficult in some places is urged to do what the mathemeticians will do when he finds it too trivial: Skip it. The fact that he occasionally delves into the methods by which those mathemeticians were able to calculate pi with greater and greater accuracy over the years I guess justifies the book's title.

On the other hand, his uninhibited judgments and thorough historical research make the book strangely thrilling. It's just so adorable. There was a series of math books by Lilian Lieber that share the same sense of mathematics and serious thought, more generally as being a kind of bulwark against fascism.