- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books; Reprint edition (January 21, 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593084683
- ISBN-13: 978-0593084687
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 111 customer ratings
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Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World Hardcover – January 21, 2020
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“Parker is consistently very funny . . . . highly entertaining.” —The Guardian
“Parker has a sly wit. . . . A clever, amusing book about some of life’s more serious problems; highly recommended.” —Library Journal
“A fascinating and deeply surprising journey into the hilarious and sometimes tragic realm of mathematical error. Brilliant.” —Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist and Messy
“[Matt Parker] shows off math at its most playful and multifarious.” —Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not to Be Wrong
“Matt Parker is some sort of unholy fusion of prankster, wizard, and brilliant nerd—math is rarely this clever, funny, and ever so slightly naughty.”—Adam Rutherford, author of Creation
“A pleasant exploration of our deeply held incompetence at mathematics. . . . Fun reading for nonmathematicians.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Numbers to die for. Four stars.” —Mail on Sunday
“Matt Parker has pulled off something wonderful . . . his stories are superb.” —The Daily Mail
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I suspect the non standard page numbering scheme may be the culprate here but I'm not sure.
If you do not like a light-hearted style, then this will not be a book for you. I rather like a humorous style, and so I found it to be hard to put down. I also like learning how the mistakes were (or likely were) made, and what we can learn from them.
There are some of the well-known stories in here, such as the Mars Climate Orbiter crash, but a lot more of them were entirely new to me. Also, the cases are (or from all my checks, seem to be) well researched. The mistakes made are usually multi-faceted, and so the simplest tale and story usually hides the real details. Parker explains the entirety of the mistake extremely well. I was especially impressed (as a physicist) with his coverage of the Tacoma Narrows bridge accident. Having heard about this case as a resonance frequency of wind gusts multiple times (and having looked up the real story and learning it was not simply a resonant frequency with wind gusts), I appreciate Parker getting the details right and explaining what really happened well.
Yes, I'm a fan. I recommend his books, his videos, and whatever else he does. He's also appeared as a guest on QI and on The Infinite Monkey Cage (his joke about the statistical tees test didn't get nearly the laughs it deserved, mainly because the punchline depended on familiarity with tests of statistical significance). Check him out. Buy the book(s).
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Different title and cover yet the same book. Shame on you Mr Parker!
Do not be put off by the use of the word "math". Its an amusing excursion into recent mistakes in the high tech world.
Aber es ist das gleiche Buch, also wer eins der beiden schon besitzt, kann sich den Kauf sparen.
Ich werde versuchen, das neue Buch zurückzugeben..