Everything and More : A Compact History of Infinity
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.
- Paperback | 384 pages
- 134.62 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 294.83g
- 17 Dec 2010
- WW Norton & Co
- New York, United States
- black & white illustrations, black & white halftones
"Wallace is the perfect parachute buddy for a free fall into the mathematical and metaphysical abyss that is infinity." -- Dennis Lim - Village Voice "[Wallace] brings to his task a refreshingly conversational style as well as a surprisingly authoritative command of mathematics. . . . A success." -- John Allen Paulos - American Scholar
About David Foster Wallace
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.