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Author: Matt Parker Narrator: Matt Parker Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: January 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780593166864

Publisher Description

#1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER   AN ADAM SAVAGE BOOK CLUB PICK The 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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  • “Humble Pi attempts to answer every student’s perennial question about the utility of math outside the classroom by showing how mathematical errors have led to serious mistakes. On paper, it’s fun. On audio, with Parker’s stand-up sensibilities and Australian accent driving the narrative, it’s exceptional.”

    - Paste magazine (audio review)

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  • A Paste Magazine Pick of Best Audiobooks of the Month

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About the Author

Matt Parker is an author, a stand-up comedian, and a YouTuber with more than 100 million views. He writes about math for the London Guardian, is a host of the Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science, and appears regularly on various BBC shows, including More or Less, The Infinite Monkey Cage, and QI. He performs his math stand-up routines in front of audiences of thousands and was the first person to use an overhead projector at the Hammersmith Apollo since Pink Floyd.