Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors

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Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors

Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors

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I can't grasp the last in any personal sense, but this helps me keep some perspective when dealing with large numbers. These data were then “computed for the mean, the standard deviation, the standard deviation as a percentage of the mean, the range, and twenty-five different percentile values” The conclusion: There was no “average man. I learned to differentiate "math" from "arithmetic" and stubbornly took math classes up through calculus, which was fascinating, but which I've sadly never had any occasion to put to use.

Parker is making an important point about how the advent of the computer would make data-processing so much easier. For a start, if you’re not used to the cheese-tastic world of inspirational work posters, what you see will come as a shock. The Swiss Cheese model looks at how ‘defenses, barriers, and safeguards may be penetrated by an accident trajectory’. The pragmatic approach is to acknowledge this and build a system robust enough to filter mistakes out before they become disasters. Fun, informative, and relentlessly entertaining, Humble Pi is a charming and very readable guide to some of humanity's all-time greatest miscalculations--that also gives you permission to feel a little better about some of your own mistakes.The other connection to sport is that you can be the best at your sport that has ever been, and you will still fail over and over again. But for all the chuckles we can derive from laughing at silly mistakes, Matt Parker shows the rampant fallibility in our application of maths, hounding the gambler to the government official to the bridge engineer and certainly to us. I can see why, for political reasons, the figure of 51,999 was used – to draw attention to the single expected death from solar-panel production and so to emphasize how safe it is.

The book-length answer to anyone who ever put their hand up in math class and asked, "When am I ever going to use this in the real world? Sometimes, a change in versions of equipment or software cause problems when an only partial compatibility is encountered.

I was tearing through it, chuckling to myself and stopping only to look up videos of Michael Larson on Press Your Luck and Galloping Gertie as it came down. The area looks as safe as safe can be … until you check the LAPD’s online map of reported crime locations. The exterior of the building was designed by architect Rafael Viñoly to have a sweeping curve, but this meant that all the reflective glass windows accidentally became a massive concave mirror – a kind of giant lens in the sky able to focus sunlight on a tiny area. When Avery Blank was at law school she had difficulty getting an internship because her applications were not taken seriously.

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