Sunday, August 1, 2010

Review: Easy as Pi by Jamie Buchan

Have you ever wondered what makes "seventh heaven" and "cloud nine" so blissful and the number 13 so unlucky? Or why "fourth-dimensional" thinking is really out of this world?

Inside Easy as Pi, you'll find the "4-1-1" on:

# Seventh heaven and what makes it so blissful

# The number 13 and why it's so unlucky

# Imaginary numbers and how they exist

# The binary system and how it manages to say so much with only two numbers

# How your bedding has nothing to do with being "three sheets to the wind"

# The burning literary question: Why did Ray Bradbury name his novel Fahrenheit 451?

# A block of Social Security numbers that will never ever be assigned to anyone

Received from the publicist for review.

Surprisingly I finally discovered what Faith (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was referring to when she kept saying Five by Five. Good to know. It was also nice to see the reference to "42" from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

This one gets four stars. It was a genuinely interesting collection of tidbits and stories relating to numbers. The information was clearly and entertainingly presented. This would make a fun, and most likely much appreciated, gift for those friends who know more than the first few digits of pi.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


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