A History of Pi – Petr Beckmann



A History of Pi

Petr Beckman

©1971, The Golem Press

1993 Ed. Barnes &Noble, Inc

ISBN  0-88029-418-3

Rating: 1 of 5  I will not finish reading this book.

I think this is a poorly written book.  His history is uneven. He often makes statements that I think demand explanation, and his explanations are weak (kind of like this sentence).  I do not follow his proofs.  Much of this may be due to a lack of definitions.  The figures do not help, because he refers to them in unclear (or even misleading) ways.  I think the editor had no understanding of the topic.  The editor was out of this league.

The author shows that this topic has the potential for an interesting book.  However, this is not it.  I have many other books to read, and will stop wasting my time on this one – right now.

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The Ohio Frontier by R. Douglas Hurt

Indiana University Press, The Ohio FrontierThe Ohio Frontier:Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720–1830

R. Douglas Hurt

rating: 4/5

Series: A History of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier

Publication date: 3/25/2009

Format: paper 6×9, 440 pages, 23 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-21212-2




I grew up in New York, a great state to be from, and emigrated to Ohio after college, where I found a job. I did not have the benefit of learning Ohio history in elementary school. With the bicentennial of the war of 1812, I have learned that there was considerable action on the Ohio frontier. This resurrected the nagging feeling that I needed to start filling in the gaps in my knowledge of Ohio history, and early 19th century American history. A bit of searching lead me to this book. While it has not filled in all the holes, it has helped considerably, and I recommend this to anyone seeking to learn more of this period. Continue reading

Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial – A trip to Put-In-Bay

Put In Bay, from Perry Monument

It is 200 years since many of the American/British/Indian engagements on (or near) the Ohio Frontier occured.  This constituted the western front of the War of 1812. One of the significant battles was the Battle of Lake Erie, a naval engagement which took place on the western end of Lake Erie on September 10th 1813. The American success resulted in the cut off of supplies to support the British Dockyards at Amherstburg and Fort Malden,  both near the mouth of the Detroit River,  as well as the British army in Upper Canada, and their Indian Allies.  A month later on October 5th, it lead to the defeat of the British and Indian army, and the death of the Indian leader Tecumseh at the battle of the Thames in present day Ontario.

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