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Author: Eugenia Cheng Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: 9781622316694
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What is math? And how exactly does it work? A math professor provides an accessible introduction to the logic of mathematics, sprinkled throughout with recipes for everything from crispy duck to cornbread, that illustrates to the general listener the beau Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] slyly illuminating dispatch on the deep meaning of mathematics…She compels us to see numbers and symbols as vivid characters in an ongoing drama.”

    Natalie Angier, Pulitzer prize-winning science columnist

  • “Invoking plenty of examples from cooking and baking, as well as other everyday-life situations such as calculating a taxi fare, searching for love through online dating services and training for a marathon, [Cheng] explains abstract mathematical ideas—including topology and logic—in understandable ways….[A] lively, accessible book.”

    Scientific American

  • “Her tone is clear, clever, and friendly. Even at her most whimsical she is rigorous and insightful. Potentially confusing ideas are expressed with a matter-of-fact simplicity…How to Bake Pi is a welcome addition to the popular-math shelf.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Cheng is exceptional at translating the abstract concepts of mathematics into ordinary language…and makes her love for mathematics contagious.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Tavia Gilbert narrates with a liveliness and lightness that one might not expect in a book about the world of mathematics…Gilbert’s fluid voice conveys the themes of beauty and power in both the concrete and abstract aspects of math…Gilbert’s lyrical narration, together with her deliberate speed as she delivers the formulas, brings clarity and a down-to-earth approach to this often intimidating subject matter. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “An original book using recipes to explain sophisticated math concepts to students and even the math-phobic…[Cheng] is a gifted teacher…A sharp, witty book to press on students and even the teachers of math teachers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “What a charming and original book! The central analogy—math is like cooking—turns out to be surprisingly apt and often funny.”

    Steven Strogatz, professor of mathematics, Cornell University, and author of The Joy of x

  • “With this delightfully surprising book, Eugenia Cheng reveals the hidden beauty of mathematics with passion and simplicity. After reading How to Bake Pi, you won’t look at math (nor porridge!) in the same way ever again.”

    Roberto Trotta, author of The Edge of the Sky

  • “Cheng’s charming new book embeds math in a casing of wry, homespun metaphors…Cheng is at home with math…by the end of How to Bake Pi, you might be, too.”

    Jordan Ellenberg, professor of mathematics, University of Wisconsin, and author of How Not to Be Wrong

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Eugenia Cheng is tenured in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. She has previously been on the mathematics faculty at the University of Chicago and is the Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Chicago.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert is an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry. Named the 2018 Voice of Choice by Booklist magazine, she is also an Audie Award nominee and the recipient of numerous Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, she is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of her, “as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo voice.” She is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.