Why Pi?
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Why Pi?

DK / 2016 / Paperback

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Why Pi? indeed?

Numbers aren't very useful unless they're helpful for concrete tasks-like measuring and building. This absolutely fascinating book introduces the beginnings of mathematics and brings readers through the present day and the ways in which we measure today. Organized chronologically, discover how people moved from guessing to measuring angles, heights, and lengths, and then built palaces, temples, tombs, and got us to the moon! This book is a wonderful introduction to the purpose of math, as well as why mathematical discoveries can be so exciting! Even a couple activities are included: instructions on making a sundial and a star clock.

Please note that this is not written from a young-earth creationist perspective. It's counted as a negative point against Newton that he used the Bible to calculate the age of the earth as 3500 BCE. 93 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: DK
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 10.88 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1465443878
ISBN-13: 9781465443878
Series: Big Questions

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If you think numbers are boring, think again! Imagine the world without measurements: What time is it? Are we nearly there yet? How big do you want it? Why Pi? takes readers through a mesmerizing, historical number journey, from the ancient civilizations that used numbers as simple measurement, through the Renaissance period with the conquering of the seas and mapping of the world, the Industrial Revolution, and all the way on to Einstein's theory of relativity and discovering space. Numbers are eternal and have been a crucial element in human history. From sailing the seven seas to journeying deep below the waves and up through the atmosphere, it's all about numbers. Discover how simple modern-day things are all about measurement and see how the future will be shaped by numbers as we travel farther into space.

Numbers aren't just about sums and calculations, and there is no one better at illustrating this than the ingenious Johnny Ball as he demonstrates just how essential math is to our everyday world. Why Pi? examines how numbers have allowed explorers, engineers, and scientists to explore, build, and discover.

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"[An] extensive look at the history of measurement." – Booklist

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