- eBook
- $9.99 / $12.99 CAN
- ISBN 13: 9780465051694

- 05/05/2015
- Basic Books
- ISBN 10: 0465051693

"What a charming and original book!... Light and tasty, yet so, so good for you, *How to Bake Pi* is a real treat."â€”**Steven Strogatz, author of The Joy of x**

"*How to Bake Pi* is a welcome addition to the popular-math shelf, unusual not only because of its quirky premise but also because Cheng is a woman, a lucid and nimble expositor, and unashamedly proud of her domestic obsessions."â€”**Alex Bellos, New York Times Book Review**

"Cheng takes something universally loved--food--and uses it to explain a similarly vast topic that's not quite as popularly embraced: math. She turns abstract concepts into accessible forms and lays out how mathematicians think, demystifying a field of beauty that is still too often viewed with fear and suspicion."â€”*Publishers Weekly*, Best Book of 20105

"A slyly illuminating dispatch on the deep meaning of mathematics.... [Cheng] compels us to see numbers and symbols as vivid characters in an ongoing drama, a narrative in which we are alternately observers and participants."â€”**Natalie Angier, The American Scholar**

"A funny and engaging new book."â€”**Simon Worrall, National Geographic News**

"Why go to all the trouble to write a book to help people understand mathematics? Because, as Cheng observes, 'understanding is power, and if you help someone understand something, you're giving them power.' Read *How to Bake* pi and you will, indeed, go away feeling empowered."â€”**Marc Merlin, Medium**

"Cheng is exceptional at translating the abstract concepts of mathematics into ordinary language, a strength aided by a writing style that showcases the workings of her curious, sometimes whimsical mind. This combination allows her to demystify how mathematicians think and work, and makes her love for mathematics contagious."â€”*Publishers Weekly*, starred review

"Often entertaining...frequently illuminating...[*How to Bake Pi*] offers enough nourishment for the brain to chew on for a long time."â€”*Columbus Dispatch*

In *How to Bake Pi*, math professor Eugenia Cheng provides an accessible introduction to the logic and beauty of mathematics, powered, unexpectedly, by insights from the kitchen. We learn how the béchamel in a lasagna can be a lot like the number five, and why making a good custard proves that math is easy but life is hard. At the heart of it all is Cheng's work on category theory, a cutting-edge "mathematics of mathematics," that is about figuring out how math works.

Combined with her infectious enthusiasm for cooking and true zest for life, Cheng's perspective on math is a funny journey through a vast territory no popular book on math has explored before. So, what is math? Let's look for the answer in the kitchen.

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