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“Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors” by Matt Parker

Matt Parker is no ordinary maths enthusiast. Dubbed a “stand-up mathematician,” Parker has used his combination of comedy and maths to create the book “Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors.”

This book is an entertaining and educational look at some of the most ridiculous mistakes made with math throughout history, ranging from the major to the bizarre.

Plot Summary

The book takes readers on a journey through history, illustrating how math mistakes have led to everything from military blunders to an Olympic scandal. Each chapter begins with a humorous anecdote and dives deeper into the topic, delving into the causes and consequences of each mistake.

While some of these stories are centuries old, Parker also includes modern examples that are sure to surprise readers.

Style and Tone

Parker’s style is easy to read and humorous without being overly jokey or slapstick. He keeps things light without sacrificing accuracy or insight.

The tone manages to be informative without being dry, making this an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn more about mathematics but may not be particularly keen on textbooks or lectures.


In writing this book, Parker has managed to pull off something quite remarkable: a fun and entertaining way to learn about mathematics while still providing accurate information.

It’s not often one finds a book that can be appreciated by mathematicians, history buffs, techies, and comedy fans alike! The research within the book is thorough yet accessible, making it enjoyable even for those with little experience in maths – while still relevant enough for experienced mathematicians too!


If you’re looking for an entertaining read that will make you laugh as much as it will educate you on mathematical errors throughout history then “Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors” by Matt Parker is highly recommended!

It will appeal both to those with knowledge in maths as well as those without – it’s perfect for anyone interested in learning about math in an engaging way!

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