Humble Pi: A comedy of maths errors

Humble Pi: A comedy of maths errors

Humble Pi: A comedy of maths errors
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Standup Mathematician Matt Parker – who I know of via the old Festival Of The Spoken Nerd shows when I lived in London, and latterly his appearances on the wonderful Numberphile YouTube channel and A Problem Squared podcast – has collected an anthology of maths-related disasters to show how important it is, and what sort of seemingly minor details can have catastrophic consequences. Luckily, most of them happened so long ago that “we can laugh about it now”… Special nerdy mentions to the fact that the book numbers backwards from page 314 to 0 (so you know exactly how much you’ve got to go!), and the most precise Index I’ve ever seen (giving decimal points to indicate where on the page a word is found).