Monday, February 14, 2022

Micro Mention "How to Bake Pi"

Eugenia Cheng

Dr. Eugenia Cheng is a genius. To say I'm not too proud of my own lackluster math skills is an understatement, but I like a challenge, so I picked up her book, "How to Bake Pi," and here's where she's a genius, because she also gives recipes to things I like, like chocolate cake. Now, if only I could bake.

But seriously, though, I have the utmost respect for mathematicians in the same way I respect a great musician. It's because it's something I can't really do myself too well, and I'm more than a little obsessive over my own shortcomings. I've read a fair amount of science books, so I'm familiar with many famous mathematicians throughout history and their work. Still, if asked how to represent it on a blackboard, I might as well be a chimpanzee.

Even though it's outside of my natural aptitudes, I don't hate math like I said I did when I was younger. So, ultimately, it's glimpsing that faraway land, even though I might never go there, which is what makes me like books such as this one.

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