Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

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qA gripping guide to the modern taming of the infinite.qa€”The New York Times. With a new introduction by Neal Stephenson. Is infinity a valid mathematical property or a meaningless abstraction? David Foster Wallace brings his intellectual ambition and characteristic bravura style to the story of how mathematicians have struggled to understand the infinite, from the ancient Greeks to the nineteenth-century mathematical genius Georg Cantor's counterintuitive discovery that there was more than one kind of infinity. Smart, challenging, and thoroughly rewarding, Wallace's tour de force brings immediate and high-profile recognition to the bizarre and fascinating world of higher mathematics.ripping Eudoxus off or necessarily even knew who he was. See for example the Preface to a€œThe Nature and Meaning of Numbers, a€ in which Dedekind cites the Elementsa#39;s Eudoxian Def. 5 without any evident awareness of where Euclid got it.

Title:Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity
Author: David Foster Wallace
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2010-10-04

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