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Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World – Matt Parker

Thoughts: A fun, light read. Not much by the way of new concepts, but good for a few chuckles.

(The notes below are not a summary of the book, but rather raw notes - whatever I thought, at the time, might be worth remembering. I read this as an e-book, so page numbers are as they appeared in the app I used, Libby. Which is unfortunate, because a physical copy would have had reversed page numbers.)

Parker, Matt. 2020 [2019]. Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World. Riverhead Books.

Zero: Introduction

One: Losing Track of Time

Two: Engineering Mistakes

Three: Little Data

Four: Out of Shape

Five: You Can’t Count on It

Six: Does Not Compute

Seven: Probably Wrong

Eight: Put Your Money Where Your Mistakes Are

9.49: Too Small to Notice

Ten: Units, Conventions, and Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Eleven: Stats the Way I Like It

Twelve: Tltloay Rodanm

Thirteen: Does Not Compute

So, What Have We Learned From Our Mistakes?

Posted: Jan 21, 2022. Last updated: Jan 21, 2022.