Everything and More

Everything and More : A Compact History of Infinity

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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 foundations upon which math had been built. Cantor's counterintuitive discovery of a progression of larger and larger infinities created controversy in his time and may have hastened his mental breakdown, but it also helped lead to the development of set theory, analytic philosophy, and even computer technology.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 128 x 197 x 25mm | 276g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753818825
  • 9780753818824
  • 892,949

About David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace is the award-winning author of two novels, two collections of stories, and a collection of essays. He lives in Berkeley, Californiashow more

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"Our lives keep getting fuller and faster - but remain finite. Perhaps that is what makes the concept of inifinity, the subject of this study, so fascinating." THE TIMES "No one can accuse Foster Wallace of being stuffy; his book is engagingly dishevelled... Foster Wallace shows his love for Maths." TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENTshow more

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