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. 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 poems, limericks, and jokes offer delightfully "square" pi humor.
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.
Executive Producer: Dan Zitt
Producer: David Rapkin
Original design: Maura Fadden Rosenthal/ Mspace
The Musical compositions, The Pi Symphony and Altered Inventions, were provided by Lars Erickson.
The Pi Symphony, ©1990 by Lars Erickson
Altered Inventions, ©2002 by Lars Erickson
Published by arrangement with Walker & Co.
©1997 David Blatner
(P)2002 Random House, Inc.