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Humble Pi

A Comedy of Maths Errors
Narrated by: Matt Parker
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Humble Pi, written and read by Matt Parker. 

We would all be better off if everyone saw mathematics as a practical ally. Sadly, most of us fear maths and seek to avoid it. This is because mathematics doesn't have good 'people skills' - it never hesitates to bluntly point out when we are wrong. But it is only trying to help! Mathematics is a friend which can fill the gaps in what our brains can do naturally. 

Luckily, even though we don't like sharing our own mistakes, we love to listen to tales about what happens when maths errors make the everyday go horribly wrong. Matt Parker explores and explains near misses and mishaps with planes, bridges, the internet and big data as a way of showing us not only how important maths is but how we can use it to our advantage. This comedy of errors is a brilliantly told series of disaster stories with a happy ending.

©2019 Matt Parker (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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Finished it in just three sittings.

I loved it, and the fact that Matt Parker was reading it to me was key.
64^3   +   94^3   =   103^3

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Loved it

Great selection of small stories about mistakes being a part of what it means to be a human. I really onjoyed the performance and the math.

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Recommended for all lovers of math

interesting tale of math errors ranging from humorous to tragic outcomes. If you enjoy Matt's YouTube appearances, you owe yourself this book.

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The best Mat(t/hs) book this year

Wanted to give it 3, 1 and 4 stars. But it's just too good. So instead I give it 6.28 stars in each category, rounded to the nearest possible star rating. Great job Mat(t/hs)!

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  • Gustavo Guida
  • 04-02-19

As if maths on its own wasn't funny enough!

Matt does it again! whether you know him from YouTube or not this author can bring a funny twist to everything mathematical, and that means that he can add a fun twist to everything. This eye opening book will make you reflect on the deepest thoughts with a smile on your face and a nice LoL from time to time!
Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-13-19

Fun insight into how maths impacts our lives!

Interesting and well paced subject matter. It is fascinating how many everyday things trace back to numbers and (mis)calculations. Mr Parker is a great narrator, you can tell he's done a lot speaking in his many seconds on this earth.

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  • aewm
  • 05-17-19

Very funny and interesting and I'll never fly agai

I've watched a good few shows and videos produced by Matt Parker ans this book is just as brilliant as he's other works! not nearly as good as a parker square though

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  • Mr.
  • 05-16-19

Not just for maths fans

Great selection of tales of math mistakes not only for maths fans but for everyone.

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  • Gav Barnett
  • 04-06-19

Parker Square!

Great book.
Well adapted for audio and read by the author. Excel spreadsheets rule the world.

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  • Tore
  • 03-20-19

Errors within a book about errors

Very interesting book, but I have to say that I found two errors within the book
1) The author seems to find that there is some errors when it comes to the physical measurements of some non-described part of a certain US President whose name is a rule in the game of Bridge (I suspect that the author suffer from Trump Derangement Syndrome)
2) The author doesn't seem to be able to understand memes... (another reason to suspect Trump Derangement Syndrome). The author attribute a certain million dollar meme about ObamaCare to an unnamed and quite frankly unknown person on "the right side of the political spectrum" without actually asking any questions about the actual origin of the meme. Based on the meme there is no way to say anything about the political persuasion of the person seemingly quoted in the meme.

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  • Barry
  • 04-13-19

Not maths errors!

I am a bit of a maths geek, and I was really looking forward to this. Unfortunately, I quickly became very frustrated with the examples being discussed. Entering data in Excel doesn't count as a maths error, or mistakes in Excel formulas for that matter. There is also a lot of discussion around limitations in computers to handle long numbers and storing lots of information, these might be interesting computer stories but hardly maths. It's also very hard to follow as an audio book, I think it would be easier to digest in written form. Managed half of the book before I got fed up and stored listening!

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  • Thijs van Berkel
  • 05-14-19

too much repetition of YouTube channel

great stories but too much repetition of information that the author shared on his YouTube channel

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-28-19

Laughed the whole way through.

I'm always amazed by the dumb things Matt can find to talk about. Bloody brilliant.

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  • Tom Saleeba
  • 03-21-19

Thoroughly entertaining

If you enjoy Matt's YouTube videos, you'll also enjoy this book. Presented really well in Matt's usual nerdy, enthusiastic manner.