“Easy as Pi: The Countless Ways We Use Numbers Every Day” by Jamie Buchan {Review}

Easy as PiTitle: Easy as Pi: The Countless Ways We Use Numbers Every Day
Author: Jamie Buchan
ISBN: 978-1606521342
Publisher: Readers Digest
Genre: Reference
Published: April 15, 2010
Length: 176 Pages
Price: $14.95

Book Blurb:

Have you ever stopped to think how many countless ways we use numbers? From the ring of the alarm clock in the morning to the numbers triggering our cell phones, our world is designed with numbers in mind. With Easy as Pi, you’ll get the 4-1-1 on the fascinating origin of many of the numbers we use or read about every day.

  • What makes “cloud nine” and “seventh heaven” so blissful?
  • Why is number 7 so lucky and 13 so unlucky?
  • Is “fourth-dimensional thinking” really out of this world?
  • What prompted Ray Bradbury to call his novel Fahrenheit 451?
  • How did 007 become James Bond’s number?

For the math averse: Be not afraid. Easy as Pi is not a textbook but rather a lively look at the derivation of numerical expressions and their inescapable influence on our culture — from book titles to bus schedules. To sum it up, Easy as Pi equals one clever and often hilarious collection.

My Review:

I’ll be honest…you want honesty, right? This book wasn’t my cup of tea. Now, please don’t misunderstand. It is chock full of information about every numerical saying known to man, including many I have never heard of. On the other hand, it is a book chock full of every numerical saying known to man. You see where I’m going with this?

I am very sure that lots of people love reading that kind of stuff. I personally know several people with fountains of random trivia coming out of their mouths all the time. That is the type of person who would likely enjoy this book. It is definitely full of lots of trivia and some pretty good information. I just wish there was some humor or something to make the material easier on the brain.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from FSB Media. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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