How to Bake Pi

Description

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.

Details

Author(s)
Eugenia Cheng
Format
Paperback | 304 pages
Dimensions
140 x 208 x 18mm | 308g
Publication date
10 May 2016
Publisher
INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Imprint
BASIC BOOKS
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
ISBN10
0465097677
ISBN13
9780465097678
Bestsellers rank
583,715