# How to bake π - How to Bake [pi]

## An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics

Book - 2015
"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, for example, how the béchamel in a lasagna can be a lot like the number 5, and why making a good custard proves that math is easy but life is hard."--Publisher description.

Publisher:
New York, NY : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2015]

Copyright Date:
©2015

ISBN:
9780465097678

9780465051717

0465051715

9780465051717

0465051715

Branch Call Number:
510 CHENG

Characteristics:
288 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

## Comment

Add a CommentThis book is a bitter in the mouth disappointment at the end since it makes the claim that Category Theory (Mathematics of Mathematics) serves the purpose of illumination (WHY: understanding versus knowledge) but there is no way you will come out with a feel on why this claim is a honest/trustworthy claim. I give author the credit for setting the stage for making this grand claim of light (of understanding) -- just that there is no illumination on illumination ...

The author shows the roots of her love for mathematics and this is the most important message that I got from this book.

I've had a Goldilocks relationship with math books: some are too hard to follow (Love and Math by Edward Frenkel, for instance), a few are the right level and some are too easy. This book definitively falls into the last category. If you've done your high school maths, you are amply qualified to follow and read the book. Cheng gives a few interesting applications and metaphors that keep you going. Overall, the book is a pretty light read, which is quite a feat considering the subject at large (and no, that's not a bad thing!). I was also disappointed, as someone who had watched all of Cheng's video capsules and as someone who enjoys cooking, to see that the book lacked cooking references. Where were the Mobius strip bagels? The using of actual pies to explain π?