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The history of pi, says the author, though a small part of the history of mathematics, is nevertheless a mirror of the history of man. Petr Beckmann holds up this mirror, giving the background of the times when pi made progress -- and also when it did not, because science was being stifled by militarism or religious fanaticism.
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Petr Beckmann (November 13, 1924 in Prague, Czechoslovakia – August 3, 1993 in Boulder, Colorado) was a professor of electrical engineering who became a well-known advocate of libertarianism and nuclear power.
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