# The Joy of

### by David Blatner

No number has captured the attention and imagination of number fanatics
and nerds throughout the ages as much as the ratio of a circle's circumference to
its diameter--a.k.a. pi. With incisive historical insight and a refreshing sense
of humor, *The Joy of Pi* brings us the story of pi and humankind's fascination with it, from Archimedes
to da Vinci to the modern day Chudnovsky brothers, who holed up in their Manhattan
apartment with a homemade supercomputer churning out digits of pi into the billions.

*The Joy of Pi*
is a book of many parts. Breezy narratives tell the history of pi and the quirky
stories of those obsessed with it; sidebars recount fascinating pi trivia; dozens
of snippets and factoids reveal pi's many facets; mnemonic devices teach how to memorize
pi to many hundreds of digits; pi-inspired cartoons, poems, limericks, and jokes
offer delightfully "square" pi humor. And, to satisfy even the most exacting
of number jocks, the first one million digits of pi are reproduced throughout the
book. A tribute to all things pi, *The
Joy of Pi* is sure to foster a newfound affection and
respect for that big number with the funny little symbol.

### Where to Buy *The Joy of Pi*

*The Joy of Pi* is available at all major bookstores or **from Amazon.com**.

*The Joy of Pi* is published in the USA by Walker/Bloomsbury.
For more information or for corporate sales, contact orders@walkerbooks.com.

*The Joy of Pi* was published in the UK by Penguin
Books, though it is not currently in print. You can find new and used copies at Amazon.co.uk.

### Other Pi-related books:

- A History of Pi, by Petr Beckmann
- Piece of Pi: Wit-Sharpening, Brain-bruising, Number-Crunching Activities with Pi (Grades 6-8) , by Naila Bokhari
- Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure), by Cindy Neuschwander
- Not A Wake: A dream embodying (pi)'s digits fully for 10000 decimals, by Mike Keith
- Pi: A Biography of the World's Most Mysterious Number, by Alfred S. Posamentier
- The Number Pi, by Pierre Eymard and Jean-Pierre Lafon
- Pi - Unleashed, by Jörg Arndt and Christoph Haenel

### Other Recommended Books

*Fermat's Enigma*, by Simon Singh*The Code Book*, by Simon Singh*E : The Story of a Number*, by Eli Maor*Pi: A Source Book*, by Lennart Berggren, Jonathan M. Borwein, Peter B. Borwein*The History of Pi*, by Petr Beckmann- Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, by Charles Seife
- Other books...