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The Magic of Pi

The magic of pi can be felt all aroud. It is truly magical, as is pie, of course!! While thiese punny jokes are ones that gets stale too soon, and at the same time never get old, I am mainly here to talk about pi; or rather, books featuring pi.

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Magical Pi Books

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi

Title: Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
Author: Cindy Neuschwander / Illustrator: Wayne Geehan
Genre: Children’s Geometry Books (6 – 12 years, and up!!)
Publisher: Charlesbridge (February 1, 1999)

This book is a truly punny and unique way of learning about pi!

  • The setting: medieval but not antiquated-at-all;
  • Characters with the coolest names (as you can guess with Sir Cumference!);
  • And the mathematics lessons here — easily grasped by its intended younger audiences yet appealing for older readers, and pure fun for everyone;
  • of course, I loved the quirky illustrations too.
  • One last thing, this is part of a series!! Which means, more such wonderful reads that educate and entertain at the same time!

This one is a must-read for all, regardless of your age or “math-ness.” You will look at pi in a whole new way, and totally get it too.

Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors 

Title: Humble Pi: A Comedy of Maths Errors (256 pages)
Author: Matt Parker
Genre: Mathematics History
Publisher: Penguin (March 5, 2020)

I don’t recall having added this book to my Goodreads list earlier but there it was, in ‘Want to Read’ status, like zillions of others. It is now in ‘Currently Reading’ status, and what can I say about it at this point of my reading except, BRILLIANT. This book can totally chose to brag about itself (no need to be humble at all).

I will try to remember to update this with a proper review when I am done reading,. But if I forget, I still suggest you should pick it up for yourself if you love math, or get it for anyone (as the book description says) who ever put their hand up in math class and asked, “When am I ever going to use this in the real world?

Life of Pi

Title: Life of Pi (352 pages)
Author: Yann Martel
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Mariner Books (June 4, 2002)

I couldn’t resist!! And it is one of my favorite reads so I share it every which way I can 🙂 I have talked about it many times over on my blog, including here, here, and here.

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Dear reader, have you read any of the books featured today? Or any similar reads? As always, I welcome your comments, thoughts, and recommendations.

8 thoughts on “The Magic of Pi

  1. I have never read Life of Pi. I know that one has been out forever. Maybe this will be the year since I finally got back into reading regularly.

  2. I haven’t read Life of Pi, but I’ve added it to my goodreads list now as well. I appreciate all your reviews on here and if you say this is one of your favorites then I’m sure it’s worth a read!

  3. Such a great last I’ve heard so much about life of pi but I actually haven’t heard about any of these others I’ll have to look into them after you giving such good short little reviews thank you for sharing

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