Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

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By (author) David Foster Wallace, Introduction by 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: 51,770

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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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David Foster Wallace (1962-2008) is the author of Infinite Jest, Girl with Curious Hair, Everything and More, The Broom of the System, and other fiction and nonfiction. Among his honors, he received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award.

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" Everything and More is, in nearly every way, a gift. It's a thoughtful and witty 300-page testimonial to the qualities I never fully understood that mathematics possessed: Math is astonishing and full of 'shadowlands,' and-ultimately-stunning beauty." -- Anthony Doerr "Wallace is the perfect parachute buddy for a free fall into the mathematical and metaphysical abyss that is infinity." -- Dennis Lim "[Wallace] brings to his task a refreshingly conversational style as well as a surprisingly authoritative command of mathematics... A success." -- John Allen Paulos