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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-03-2019

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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  • Steffen
  • 16-03-2019

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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  • Sir
  • 14-03-2019

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
  • 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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  • Joanna Darrell
  • 09-08-2019

Good fun

Good fun - some of the stories are a little old - but the insight and commentary behind others is engaging. Loses its thread about 2/3 of the way in and becomes a bit esoteric, but recovers back. Overall, great fun

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  • B. Nuttall
  • 20-07-2019

Excellent - enjoyable, interesting and accessible

Great fun, a joy to listen to - Matt's geeky enthusiasm shines through, you can tell he's enjoying himself. Lots of interesting stories really well read. You don't need a maths degree to follow along - it's all explained properly (without sounding dumbed down) - it really shows that Matt's a maths communicator for a living.

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  • Rob
  • 07-07-2019

Fascinating

Really enjoyed this book, it was a fascinating dip into a world of maths tyat i never imagined would intetest me. I really enjoyed Matt's narration of his book too.

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  • dvberkel
  • 04-07-2019

Comedy at its fenist

Matt Parker has done a tremendous job of displaying the math behind every day things, and explain what can go wrong with them.

Without losing sight of the monumental impact mistakes can have on people's lives, Matt managed to crack a joke at almost any "turn" of the page

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  • Patrick
  • 16-06-2019

Light-hearted and informative

Fairly interested and easy listening. However, it does feel like I could have just read a Wikipedia summary of entertaining maths mistakes, and would have gotten the same out

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  • Chris
  • 11-06-2019

Matt Parker is a largely unsung genius.

Matt Parker is a largely unsung genius and more people need to hear his stories, the world would benefit from his insights if only more of us learn from his collected discoveries.

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  • Alec Sharples
  • 29-05-2019

The book that debunks the myth ...

The book that debunks the myth that mathematicians are geniuses. As you'd expect, there are loads of really insightful stories about maths errors but Matt does go on a bit about some rather esoteric examples which drags the book out a bit. But on the whole it is great entertainment and proof positive that mathematicians with brains the size of planets are not always the cleverest individuals on earth.

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  • ChrisR
  • 29-05-2019

Not a Parker Square

Clickbait subtitle; The Maths they don't want you to know.

Fantastic book. Delightfully read in a tone that only Matt Parker can read in.