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Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

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  • Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )) – Mass-market paperback (2005)
    by David Foster Wallace

    Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

    Mass-market paperback, Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
    2005
    368 pages

    ISBN: 0753818825
    ISBN-13: 9780753818824

    One of the outstanding voices of his generation, David Foster Wallace has won a large and devoted following for the intellectual ambition and bravura style of his fiction and essays. Now he brings his considerable talents to the history of one of math's most enduring puzzles: the seemingly paradoxical nature of infinity. Is infinity a valid mathematical property or a meaningless abstraction? The nineteenth-century mathematical genius Georg Cantor's answer to this question not only surprised him but also shook the very ... Show more

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Reviews of Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

Overall customer rating: 5.000
HJ BOTT

More IS More

by HJ BOTT on Aug 21, 2009

DF Wallace blows the lid off of everything we (laymen) thought we knew. The care and feeding that he provided to get into the heart of infinity issues was most commendable. A must read for anyone interested in hyperspace.

 gerald.farmer@gmail.com

For the Mathematically inclined,or curious

by gerald.farmer@gmail.com on Jan 22, 2009

This book is unique in my experience. David Foster Wallace,known best for his novels, was educated as a mathematician. In this book he addresses and explains,in an informal, easy-rolling,innovating style, one of the most confounding of mathematical concepts,that of infinity. Beginning with basic concepts he progresses to reveal the meaning and explain the work of Georg Cantor and transfinite numbers. If you have a taste for popularized science and a curiousity about sophisticated mathematics,you might enjoy thi book. I certainly did.

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