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How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics

How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics by Eugenia Cheng, ISBN: 9780465097678
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ISBN: 9780465097678
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
Published: May 2016
Format: Paperback
Language: English

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How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics

What is math? How exactly does it work? And what do three siblings trying to share a cake have to do with it? In How to Bake Pi , math professor Eugenia Cheng provides an accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of mathematics, powered, unexpectedly, by insights from the kitchen. We learn how the bechamel in a lasagna can be a lot like the number five, and why making a good custard proves that math is easy but life is hard. At the heart of it all is Cheng s work on category theory, a cutting-edge mathematics of mathematics, that is about figuring out how math works. Combined with her infectious enthusiasm for cooking and true zest for life, Cheng s perspective on math is a funny journey through a vast territory no popular book on math has explored before. So, what is math? Let s look for the answer in the kitchen.

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