## SUMMARY ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Matt Parker

CHARACTERS ì Humble Pi Rs of computer software not fully understanding the limitations of packaged programs The only topic that is somewhat technical and reuires a bit of effort to follow is Parker's explanation of how the inexactitudes introduced by inputting and out. I love maths I enjoy finding out about mathematical and statistical errors I was thinking some of my maths teacher friends might enjoy it and find it useful for illustrations in class Thats where the plot breaks down a littleI enjoyed the book but was a little disappointed that so much was taken from fields of computing and engineering where the issue wasn t strictly a mathematical failure but a failure for example to understand the limits of binary or load bearing or resonant freuency Many of the examples could easily have found themselves in books subtitled A Comedy of Engineering Errors or A Comedy of Programming ErrorsThe book is fine if you are looking for a book that shows how mathematics in its many practical applications goes wrong Having said that there are chapters that are mathsnumberstatistics oriented than others But not as many as I would have likedThe book is reasonably well written but a few too many asides to the reader for my liking

**SUMMARY Humble Pi**

CHARACTERS ì Humble Pi Putting date in decimal form leads to problems because the internal computations are actually done in binary Yet Parker has a sly wit; so although all this sounds very serious in fact the writing style is breezy and in some parts extremely funny. This was one of the most highly entertaining books I ve ever read Whitty and easily digestable I would recommend this to anyone remotely interested in math or engineering

### SUMMARY ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ´ Matt Parker

CHARACTERS ì Humble Pi The author explains how the misuse of math creates problems Mathematical errors often include mistaking units pounds for kilograms feet for meters and misunderstanding probabilistic and statistical statements Parker also presents examples of use. Humble Pi takes us on a tour of the times when math engineering and programming have gone wrong leading to disastrous or sometimes just funny results The book covers a range of mistakes including bridge failures space exploration disasters game show cheats financial algorithms gone rogue and so much I pretty much loved this book from start to finish I found it thoroughly fascinating and often hilarious Parker has a great way with explaining technical subjects distilling it down to layman terms while retaining his humor Even on events I already know about Parker s explanations provided a new and interesting takeThe book is organized so that similar themes are grouped together into chapters but each incident is only a few pages long so it never feels bogged down or boring I found it best to read with the internet handy so I could zip on and find out whenever it interested meIt s been a while since I ve been this riveted by a nonfiction book I was tearing through it chuckling to myself and stopping only to look up videos of Michael Larson on Press Your Luck and Galloping Gertie as it came down I m so glad I happened across this book It totally spoke to the inner engineer nerd in me After all the only thing fascinating than how something works is when it doesn t