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Humble Pi

A Comedy of Maths Errors
Written by: Matt Parker
Narrated by: Matt Parker
Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Humble Pi, written and read by Matt Parker. 

We would all be better off if everyone saw mathematics as a practical ally. Sadly, most of us fear maths and seek to avoid it. This is because mathematics doesn't have good 'people skills' - it never hesitates to bluntly point out when we are wrong. But it is only trying to help! Mathematics is a friend which can fill the gaps in what our brains can do naturally. 

Luckily, even though we don't like sharing our own mistakes, we love to listen to tales about what happens when maths errors make the everyday go horribly wrong. Matt Parker explores and explains near misses and mishaps with planes, bridges, the internet and big data as a way of showing us not only how important maths is but how we can use it to our advantage. This comedy of errors is a brilliantly told series of disaster stories with a happy ending.

©2019 Matt Parker (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

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Funny... Well mostly... when people dont die

Must read/listen for anyone who knows or understands the references to any of the following:

Festival of the spoken nerd
Spreadsheets
The talk about spreadsheets in the festival of the spoken nerd
Helen Arny and Steve Mould
Pi -> not Tau
Numberphile and/or Brady
Maths in engineering... any engineering
Anyone whose spouse is a rocket scientist... anyone who is a rocket scientist themself
Students... especially students
Quirky British humour
Forced bad puns
Magic square -> Parker square
The one true parabola
Dates -> its not that simple


If you dont get the references, its ok, still read/listen to the book. anyone who has, even the slightest, predisposition towards curiosity should give it a shot. Math is fun... sometimes frustrating but fun... much like anything fun in life.

Hope you have a mild chuckle and an above average time.

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Just what you expect from Matt Parker

Brilliant, funny, full of humour and stories and the hardwork/effort put into making this book is just something you can't miss.

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Good one for facts and math lovers

good one for facts and math lovers. Matt Parker explains world class destruction be simple and elagant way.

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Surprisingly engaging

I found Matt to be a very good narrator, with very attention captivating story telling skills. As a person who is not a mathematician, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-10-19

Very enjoyable !

Very enjoyable book with great story's, both fun and educational. Matt's voice is unmatched.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-03-19

Loved it

Great selection of small stories about mistakes being a part of what it means to be a human. I really onjoyed the performance and the math.

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  • Sir
  • 14-03-19

The best Mat(t/hs) book this year

Wanted to give it 3, 1 and 4 stars. But it's just too good. So instead I give it 6.28 stars in each category, rounded to the nearest possible star rating. Great job Mat(t/hs)!

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  • joel
  • 14-12-19

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if you've already watched his youtube material you will already have heard most of this.

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  • Joshua Marcus
  • 10-03-20

Light and interesting read

Some of the stories are only interesting to a certain type of person, but Parker's excitement is infectious.

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  • Cliente Kindle
  • 07-03-20

So cool

loved it. learned a lot. had good laughs.
became a fan of author work at numberphile, royal institution, and other geeky places.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-02-20

Mathematical laughs

if you like funny stories of human mathematical and programming error, and if you'd like those stories told to you in causal manner by a mate. This might be for you.

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  • TH
  • 31-01-20

Funny, witty, and informative

Excellent book, great way to highlight the importance of maths. It's science comedy at its best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-20

Thank you for this book

As an engineer I feel a lot better about the mistakes I'm going to make tomorrow...

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  • Hristina Hristova
  • 31-08-19

Very much recommended

I had so much fun listening to this book. Great stories narrated in an awesome way :)

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  • Gustavo Guida
  • 02-04-19

As if maths on its own wasn't funny enough!

Matt does it again! whether you know him from YouTube or not this author can bring a funny twist to everything mathematical, and that means that he can add a fun twist to everything. This eye opening book will make you reflect on the deepest thoughts with a smile on your face and a nice LoL from time to time!
Thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-03-19

Fun insight into how maths impacts our lives!

Interesting and well paced subject matter. It is fascinating how many everyday things trace back to numbers and (mis)calculations. Mr Parker is a great narrator, you can tell he's done a lot speaking in his many seconds on this earth.

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  • Roman Novosad
  • 29-03-20

Best if tou are new to this content

If you watch Matt's and Tom Scott's videos on youtube you have probably heard most of these stories.
On the other hand, even the repeated stories don't become any less funny!

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  • A. Townshend
  • 02-03-20

Brilliant stuff

A really great book and fabulously read by the author. Loved it! Do not hesitate on this one... it’s great!!

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  • Thetruth
  • 01-03-20

Easy and interesting listening

loved it!! a comical look at real life mishaps and I learned a lot along the way.

A must listen for anyone and the narrator is fantastic.

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  • Kevin McIntyre
  • 09-02-20

Awesome book and witty book

Maths has never been so interesting. Really good book and read really well. I highly recommend listening to the book

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  • Mr. L. R. Walker
  • 19-01-20

Fantastic listen. 3.1415 out of pi stars.

Matt is a most engaging narrator. His well chosen examples highlight both how easily mistakes can happen and how important transparency is so we learn from them

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  • Paul Ch
  • 17-01-20

Good

Rather full of silly jokes to be a serious text. Hard to follow the strings of numbers in audible form

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  • Dean M.
  • 20-12-19

Matt Parker is great

I do love a good maths book. a great addition to my collection top work

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  • bothzoli
  • 15-12-19

Very informative and funny

I've also read Matt's previous book and liked that very much, but this one was even better.
I really liked the funny (and sometimes not so funny) stories he tells about the engineering mistakes. Being a software engineer I especially liked the software and programming related examples and stories. These I think should be taught in universities.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-20

Very entertaining.

The narration was almost on par with that of an Engineer.
Thanks Matt, well read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-11-19

awesomeness

I joined audible just to listen to this book, Matt you are awesome. we need more

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  • E. Kang
  • 22-08-19

Entertaining, definitely not a Parker Audiobook.

I was initially worried that I would have heard all the examples before as I follow Matt Parker on YouTube. I'm glad to report that there's plenty of new information so even if you've watched all of Matt's videos, you won't be disappointed. It's the same Matt Parker voice and intonation you know and love!

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  • Bob
  • 27-06-19

Matt is an engaging speaker and author

Well worth the time, even though it presents itself as a maths book there is little need to visualise formulas

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  • Thijs van Berkel
  • 14-05-19

too much repetition of YouTube channel

great stories but too much repetition of information that the author shared on his YouTube channel

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-19

Laughed the whole way through.

I'm always amazed by the dumb things Matt can find to talk about. Bloody brilliant.

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  • Tom Saleeba
  • 21-03-19

Thoroughly entertaining

If you enjoy Matt's YouTube videos, you'll also enjoy this book. Presented really well in Matt's usual nerdy, enthusiastic manner.