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The Resource Humble Pi

Humble Pi

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Humble Pi
Title
Humble Pi
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#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER AN ADAM SAVAGE BOOK CLUB PICKThe book-length answer to anyone who ever put their hand up in math class and asked, “When am I ever going to use this in the real world?” “Fun, informative, and relentlessly entertaining, Humble Pi is a charming and very readable guide to some of humanity's all-time greatest miscalculations—that also gives you permission to feel a little better about some of your own mistakes.” —Ryan North, author of How to Invent Everything Our whole world is built on math, from the code running a website to the equations enabling the design of skyscrapers and bridges. Most of the time this math works quietly behind the scenes . . . until it doesn’t. All sorts of seemingly innocuous mathematical mistakes can have significant consequences. Math is easy to ignore until a misplaced decimal point upends the stock market, a unit conversion error causes a plane to crash, or someone divides by zero and stalls a battleship in the middle of the ocean. Exploring and explaining a litany of glitches, near misses, and mathematical mishaps involving the internet, big data, elections, street signs, lotteries, the Roman Empire, and an Olympic team, Matt Parker uncovers the bizarre ways math trips us up, and what this reveals about its essential place in our world. Getting it wrong has never been more fun
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Parker, Matt
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Humor (Nonfiction)
  • Nonfiction
  • Mathematics
  • History
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Humble Pi
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OVERDRIVE:f41af51c-5763-42a0-9a66-6c04d88eaa9b
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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Isbn
9780593084700
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optical disk
Label
Humble Pi
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:f41af51c-5763-42a0-9a66-6c04d88eaa9b
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780593084700
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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