Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity


By (author) David Foster Wallace, By (author) Neal Stephenson

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 28mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 17 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393339289
  • ISBN 13: 9780393339284
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 41,111

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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.

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[Wallace] brings to his task a refreshingly conversational style as well as a surprisingly authoritative command of mathematics. . . . A success. --John Allen Paulos"