How to bake Pi : an edible exploration of the mathematics of mathematics / Eugenia Cheng
New York : Basic Books, 2015
What is maths all about? And what on earth do cake and custard have to do with it? The fabulous Eugenia Cheng's entertaining guide to mathematical thinking, available now in paperback.
Mobius bagels, Euclid's flourless chocolate cake and apple pi - this is maths, but not as you know it.
In How to Bake Pi, mathematical crusader and star baker Eugenia Cheng has rustled up a batch of delicious culinary insights into everything from simple numeracy to category theory ('the mathematics of mathematics'), via Fermat, Poincare and Riemann.
Maths is much more than simultaneous equations and pr2 : it is an incredibly powerful tool for thinking about the world around us. And once you learn how to think mathematically, you'll never think about anything - cakes, custard, bagels or doughnuts; not to mention fruit crumble, kitchen clutter and Yorkshire puddings - the same way again.
Stuffed with moreish puzzles and topped with a generous dusting of wit and charm, How to Bake Pi is a foolproof recipe for a mathematical feast.
About the Author
Eugenia Cheng is Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield. She was educated at the University of Cambridge and has done post-doctoral work at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice. Since 2007 her YouTube lectures and videos have been viewed around 700,000 times to date. A concert pianist, she also speaks French, English and Cantonese, and her mission in life is to rid the world of maths phobia.