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Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors (original 2019; edição 2019)

por Matt Parker (Autor)

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"This tour of real-world mathematical disasters reveals the importance of math in everyday life. All sorts of seemingly innocuous mathematical mistakes can have significant consequences. 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 ways math trips us up"--… (mais)
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Título:Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors
Autores:Matt Parker (Autor)
Informação:Allen Lane (2019), 336 pages
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Matt Parker gives us a sometimes humorous, a sometimes serious look at how things can and have gone wrong due to math errors. In huge technical projects, with multiple organizations involved, it might be a matter of using the wrong mathematical units, as when a Mars rover crashed onto the surface of the planet. (In 1999, NASA lost its $125-million Mars Climate Orbiter because spacecraft engineers failed to convert from English to metric measurements when exchanging vital data before the craft was launched).

Parker also tells of bridge collapses, stock market crises, hospital medication errors, etc., and as serious as these may sound, he is a good story teller, and he makes the stories interesting.

Other examples of errors have occurred in computers because of problems between 32-bit and 64-bit programs. Readers may have heard something about these problems, and Parker tells stories which clarify how, why, and when problems with these systems have occurred.

Some of this may sound dry, but the author doesn't get into the details of the math, just tells interesting and frequently amusing stories of how and why problems have occurred. Reading "Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors" brought to mind the admonition of my old math teacher, i.e., always check your work. ( )
  rsutto22 | Jul 15, 2021 |
The Daily Show for Math. In this hilarious and sometimes tragic book about math in the real world - some instances discussed include the deaths of hundreds of people, but most discussions are of a humorous bent - Parker does a truly phenomenal job of showing just how easy it is to get math wrong, and what can happen in the real world in that situation. From bridge collapses to programming errors to planes running out of fuel midair and all kinds of other situations, Parker truly does an excellent job of looking across the spectrum of math errors and showing both what should have been the correct result and what happened with the wrong one. Truly hilarious, and very much recommended. ( )
  BookAnonJeff | Jul 11, 2021 |
It has every type of math in the book which is nice for the classroom because you can pick out sections for your students to read. It also lets students know why math is so important in the world. This book can also be used in any grade higher than 4th because it has a wide range of subjects in it. ( )
  Kym23 | Apr 30, 2021 |
This is a book of when math, programming and engineering mistakes have resulted in errors, from the hilarious to the deadly. Most, if not all, of the cases have been widely known for a long time but for those that haven’t spent the last couple of decades observing interesting failure reports, the book can be a fun companion when you are stuck somewhere and can’t move for a while.

I had hoped for more math errors, but most failures included are programming or engineering mistakes, which by their very nature involve numbers. The classic failures in date management are included, as are the classic unit conversion errors and some classic programming and system administration errors.

There are also a couple of numerical anecdotes that don’t seem like errors at all, such as the observation that the average human does not exist (i.e. humans are so diverse that you can’t find anyone that isn’t outside the 30% span of average in some category).

While I was not completely blown away by this book, I do recommend Matt Parker’s YouTube channel standupmaths. As the channel name implies, Matt Parker do enjoy the occasional punchline, something that can also be observed in the book.
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  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
I really like Parker's youtube content, and decided I should support him by buying his book! Unfortunately there is no kindle version available, and shipping of physical books doesn't work during CoVID, so I had to pirate it. Sorry Matt, though if you read this, I'd be more than happy to send you (or a charity) the cash!

Writing about math is a terribly difficult job. The vast majority of the population doesn't give a shit, and the people who do probably already know the things you're going to tell them. We're all starved for good math content! Humble Pi's target audience appears to be "people who liked math in high-school, and haven't touched it since. " It's got enough detail of the math problems to catch your attention, but not enough to actually help you understand what's really happening here. You won't learn any math here, but you'll probably learn about some things to wikipedia later. I liked a lot of the intuitive explanations of some of the described phenomena, but overall felt the book was lacking in substance.

If you follow Parker on youtube, this book doesn't have much to offer you, and his book persona doesn't come off as being as fun as his online one. I'd suggest giving this book a skip, but checking out his videos online instead. ( )
  isovector | Dec 13, 2020 |
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