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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 (23 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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  • Gustavo Guida
  • Bristol, UK
  • 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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  • cach9801
  • Reading, UK
  • 19-09-19

Good nerdy fun

I've been a Matt Parker fan for quite a few years, having seen him perform maths on stage live twice. This book was a fun listen full of interesting times when major things go hideously wrong because of numbers! I'd listen again!

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  • Markus
  • 16-09-19

9.5 hour Matt Parker special

I greatly enjoyed this book! it's like listening to a 9.5 hour Matt Parker youtube video special.

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  • Noemie
  • 30-08-19

Funny

I loved this, I'm rubbish at maths, but never once was i made to feel stupid. It was laugh out loud funny, interesting and engaging, the fact he narrated it himself i feel helps as it flows better with his knowledge and appropriate emphasis. A really interesting and educational listen, I would highly recommend it, if give it more stars of i could.

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  • Paul
  • 23-08-19

Amazing book well done Matt!!!

loved following all the stories about maths mistakes. great book and worth a read if you like technical books

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  • Joanna Darrell
  • 09-08-19

Good fun

Good fun - some of the stories are a little old - but the insight and commentary behind others is engaging. Loses its thread about 2/3 of the way in and becomes a bit esoteric, but recovers back. Overall, great fun

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  • B. Nuttall
  • Manchester, UK
  • 20-07-19

Excellent - enjoyable, interesting and accessible

Great fun, a joy to listen to - Matt's geeky enthusiasm shines through, you can tell he's enjoying himself. Lots of interesting stories really well read. You don't need a maths degree to follow along - it's all explained properly (without sounding dumbed down) - it really shows that Matt's a maths communicator for a living.

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  • Rob
  • 07-07-19

Fascinating

Really enjoyed this book, it was a fascinating dip into a world of maths tyat i never imagined would intetest me. I really enjoyed Matt's narration of his book too.

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  • dvberkel
  • Nijmegen
  • 04-07-19

Comedy at its fenist

Matt Parker has done a tremendous job of displaying the math behind every day things, and explain what can go wrong with them.

Without losing sight of the monumental impact mistakes can have on people's lives, Matt managed to crack a joke at almost any "turn" of the page

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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.