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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (246 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Blatner Narrator: Hank Jacobs, Laura Dean, Oliver Wyman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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No number has captured the attention and imagination of people throughout the ages as much as the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Pi is infinite and, in The Joy of Pi, it proves to be infinitely intriguing. With incisive historical insight and a refreshing sense of humor, David Blatner explores the many facets of pi and humankind’s fascination with it—from the ancient Egyptians and Archimedes to Leonardo da Vinci and the modern-day Chudnovsky brothers, who have calculated pi to eight billion digits with a homemade supercomputer.

The Joy of Pi is a book of many parts. Breezy narratives recount the history of pi and the quirky stories of those obsessed with it. Sidebars document fascinating pi trivia (including a segment from the O. J. Simpson trial). Dozens of snippets and factoids reveal pi’s remarkable impact over the centuries. Mnemonic devices teach how to memorize pi to many hundreds of digits (or more, if you’re so inclined). Pi-inspired cartoons, poems, limericks, and jokes offer delightfully “square” pi humor. And, to satisfy even the most exacting of number jocks, the first one million digits of pi appear throughout the book.

A tribute to all things pi, The Joy of Pi is sure to foster a newfound affection and respect for the big number with the funny little symbol.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2003Audie Award Finalist for Best Production

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Alen | 1/8/2014

    " 3.14159265358979... ahhh... a wasted time memorizing digits... why? just because. Yes, I own the movie as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lisa | 12/31/2013

    " I preread this book before suggesting it to my son, who is fascinated with pi. It's an easy read even for people who aren't strong in math, filled with interesting facts about pi. My son, husband, and I all enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cynthia | 12/17/2013

    " A fun romp through the continuing history of possibly the most famous irrational and transcendental number known to humankind. Much of the book reminded me wahy I enjoyed math and statistics classes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jonathan | 9/10/2013

    " This short book was very appealing and would be to anyone with a mathematical bent. It discusses, inter alia, the digits of pi, including their randomness, but also the infinite series used to generate them. It does this without becoming weighty text, and includes a bit of history as well. "

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