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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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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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awesomeness

I joined audible just to listen to this book, Matt you are awesome. we need more

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Entertaining, definitely not a Parker Audiobook.

I was initially worried that I would have heard all the examples before as I follow Matt Parker on YouTube. I'm glad to report that there's plenty of new information so even if you've watched all of Matt's videos, you won't be disappointed. It's the same Matt Parker voice and intonation you know and love!

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  • Bob
  • 27-06-2019

Matt is an engaging speaker and author

Well worth the time, even though it presents itself as a maths book there is little need to visualise formulas

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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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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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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.

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  • Gustavo Guida
  • 02-04-2019

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
  • 13-03-2019

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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  • Mr. L. R. Walker
  • 19-01-2020

Fantastic listen. 3.1415 out of pi stars.

Matt is a most engaging narrator. His well chosen examples highlight both how easily mistakes can happen and how important transparency is so we learn from them

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  • Paul Ch
  • 17-01-2020

Good

Rather full of silly jokes to be a serious text. Hard to follow the strings of numbers in audible form

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  • Dean M.
  • 20-12-2019

Matt Parker is great

I do love a good maths book. a great addition to my collection top work

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  • bothzoli
  • 15-12-2019

Very informative and funny

I've also read Matt's previous book and liked that very much, but this one was even better.
I really liked the funny (and sometimes not so funny) stories he tells about the engineering mistakes. Being a software engineer I especially liked the software and programming related examples and stories. These I think should be taught in universities.

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  • sol
  • 30-11-2019

Great book

A hilarious and insightful look into the mathematics that governs the foundation of the modern world.

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  • Vladimir
  • 27-11-2019

Really fun and easy to follow

The selection of examples was well made, the technical bits were explained so that anyone can understand, yet it was never boring. Enjoyed all of them, especially the programming mistakes.

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  • Sean MacRae
  • 14-10-2019

A complete Parker Square of a book!

Very funny throughout. Looking forward to seeing (and hearing) more of your videos/books Matt.

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  • cach9801
  • 19-09-2019

Good nerdy fun

I've been a Matt Parker fan for quite a few years, having seen him perform maths on stage live twice. This book was a fun listen full of interesting times when major things go hideously wrong because of numbers! I'd listen again!