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Humble Pi

A Comedy of Maths Errors
Narrated by: Matt Parker
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
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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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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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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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Interesting, educational, nerdy and funny

Lots of errors occur in every day life which need to happen for humans to learn. luckily we have experts on hand to deal with that. Very interesting book

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Came from YouTube. Loved it from start to finish.

Loved the narration solve by Matt himself. There are some glorious nuggets of verbal translation that would be lost to ask audio listener, and it's refreshing to have an audio book read as a verbal guide, rather than being read word for word verbatim.

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Very accessible and interesting

A wonderfully interesting and lighthearted ramble through common errors in mathematics that create real-world consequences. Even if you're "not good at maths" or "not a numbers person" this is well worth a listen - there is little actual maths in it, and nowhere where you need to know anything beforehand. The only flaw is that some of the numbers listed in the physical book are a little difficult to follow in audiobook format - I occasionally found myself writing things out to gain a fuller understanding.

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Great book to dip in and out of

Totally recommended. As an engineer I can definitely relate to lots of the problems in this book. Well written and well read by the author! Plus love watching him on numberphile!

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Entertaining and educational

I enjoyed the content but actually Matt Parker's delivery of it was very good. He embellishes the written word a bit by explaining some of the figures in the book. Great listen.

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Great fun very interesting and amusing

Enjoyable book that was insightful and informative, with lots of fun little facts that helped show some the amazigness and challenges of the modern world and the difficulty humanity faces

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Fantastic book and audio recording

I love Maths stories and Matt Parker so slight bias here. but a great book with lo t s of humour and facts. Also being read by the author is always fantastic as they add insight you might not get otherwise

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Very interesting and well detailed.

Funny and with lots more tales than on his YouTube and Royal Institute lecture. Would recommend to anyone looking for interesting anecdotes combined with Matt Parker's patended wit.

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  • 17-10-19

Very enjoyable !

Very enjoyable book with great story's, both fun and educational. Matt's voice is unmatched.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-03-19

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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  • Sir
  • 14-03-19

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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  • joel
  • 14-12-19

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if you've already watched his youtube material you will already have heard most of this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-04-20

Legendary book!

Such a good book and masterfully read! Please make an audiobook of Things To See And Do In The Fourth Dimension! Please!

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  • David W
  • 20-04-20

Started a bit slowly but gets into its stride-

Started a bit slowly but gets into its stride - has some very interesting examples

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  • Joshua Marcus
  • 10-03-20

Light and interesting read

Some of the stories are only interesting to a certain type of person, but Parker's excitement is infectious.

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  • Cliente Kindle
  • 07-03-20

So cool

loved it. learned a lot. had good laughs.
became a fan of author work at numberphile, royal institution, and other geeky places.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-20

Mathematical laughs

if you like funny stories of human mathematical and programming error, and if you'd like those stories told to you in causal manner by a mate. This might be for you.

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  • TH
  • 31-01-20

Funny, witty, and informative

Excellent book, great way to highlight the importance of maths. It's science comedy at its best.