Why Pi?: How Math Applies to Everyday Life  -     By: Johnny Ball
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Why Pi?: How Math Applies to Everyday Life

DK Children / 2009 / Hardcover

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Math has driven humanity forward. This fascinating book shows how people figured out the mathematical patterns that lie behind many aspects of life-even patterns that aren't obvious to the eye.

Moving chronologically through the Ancient World, the Age of Discovery, and the Modern Day, this book examines the discoveries mathmagicians made as they measured and mapped their world - - -beautifully integrating history with math.

Telling the story of measurement, this book looks at what would happen if we couldn't measure anything, and shows how early thinkers discovered time tracking (the moon and sun, henges), discovered geometry principles (the pyramids in Egypt, Thales & Pythagoras in Greece), measured the world (Eratosthenes' calculations based on pillars) and how Archimedes got close to discovering the value of Pi. Then jump into the amazing discoveries of Renaissance, and the work of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Mercator, and others, before finally seeing how math influences our modern-day electricity, music, and countless other aspects of life.

Written in a brightly-colored, infographic-like style with humorous illustrations and integrated photography, this is a book that math-lovers and math-phobes alike will enjoy!

91 pages, hardcover with dust jacket. Ages 7-10.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: DK Children
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 10.88 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0756651646
ISBN-13: 9780756651640
Availability: In Stock
Ages: 7-10

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Publisher's Description

This entertaining follow-up to DK's popular Go Figure!, Why Pi? presents even more mind-bending ways to think about numbers. This time, author Johnny Ball focuses on how people have used numbers to measure things through the ages, from the ways the ancient Egyptians measured the pyramids to how modern scientists measure time and space.
Johnny Ball has hosted more than 20 UK children's television series about math and science. He is known for making math not just easy to understand, but genuinely fun and fascinating. His shows and videos earned him a New York international EMMY nomination, a BAFTA, and 10 other awards. He has written five children's books, including DK's Go Figure!, and an educational musical. His academic credentials include three honorary science doctorates and fellowship of the British Mathematical Association.

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