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**The Joy of Pi

by David Blatner

Reviewed July 8, 2002.
Walker and Company, 1997.  130 pages.

This was highly appropriate reading for this particular trip.  At the MathCounts competition, it was amusing to watch young teens trying to top each other on how many digits of pi they had memorized.  These kids are following a long tradition.  This book tells the history of pi, including early estimates of pi, the discovery that it is indeed irrational, and the modern quest to test computers by finding more digits of pi.  This fun little book even includes the first one million digits of pi.

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