Petr Beckmann

Petr Beckmann


Born
in Prague, Czech Republic
November 13, 1924

Died
August 03, 1993


Average rating: 3.93 · 2,293 ratings · 108 reviews · 16 distinct worksSimilar authors
A History of π

3.92 avg rating — 2,245 ratings — published 1970 — 10 editions
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The Health Hazards Of NOT G...

4.41 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1976 — 4 editions
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Einstein Plus Two

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1987
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Hammer and Tickle: Clandest...

3.17 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 1980
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Access To Energy: A Selecti...

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Eco-hysterics and the techn...

4.50 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1973
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The structure of language,:...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 1972
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Whispered Anecdotes: Humor ...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1969
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The Scattering Of Electroma...

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The Depolarization of Elect...

liked it 3.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 1968
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“Is it not true that each superpower has enough nuclear weapons to kill all members of mankind several times over? Yes. And the same is true of kitchen knives.”
Petr Beckmann

“If we do not require a calendar to be geared to a tropical year (earth's orbit), but only that it be geared to some part of the celestial clock, then the Maya calendar was more accurate than the Julian calendar, more accurate than the Babylonian (solar-lunar) calendar; it intermeshed the "gear wheels" of Sun, Moon and Venus, and was based on a more accurate "gear ratio" than the other calendars, repeating itself only once in 52 years.”
Petr Beckmann, A History of π

“The architecture of the thugs also differs from that of normal societies. It can often be recognized by the megalomaniacal style of their public buildings and facilities. The Moscow subway is a faithful copy of the London Underground, except that its stations and corridors are filled with statues of homo sovieticus, a fictitious species that stands (or sits on a tractor), chin up, chest out, belly in, heroically gazing into the distance with a look of grim determination. The Romans had similar tastes. Their public latrines were lavishly decorated with mosaics and marbles. When a particularly elaborately decorated structure at Puteoli was dug up by archaeologists in the last century, they thought at first that they had discovered a temple; but it turned out to be a public latrine.”
Petr Beckmann, A History of π

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