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Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

Science and Technics


by
David Foster Wallace (Author) and Neal Stephenson (Introduction author)

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 344 pages

File size: 2.5 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


“A gripping guide to the modern taming of the infinite.”—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.

“A gripping guide to the modern taming of the infinite.”—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… (more)

“A gripping guide to the modern taming of the infinite.”—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.

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