Everything and More: A Compact History of [infinity]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 nineteenthcentury 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. Smart, challenging, and thoroughly rewarding, Wallace's tour de force brings immediate and highprofile recognition to the bizarre and fascinating world of higher mathematics. 
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Review: Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (Great Discoveries)
User Review  Rob  GoodreadsDavid Foster Wallace was a great writer of fiction. He was not a great writer of popular math exposition, as this book shows. The main reason I read this book, besides just curiosity about one of the ... Read full review
Review: Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (Great Discoveries)
User Review  Armineh Nouri  GoodreadsNot all infinities are created equal, and neither are books written about them. Everything and More is not a technical examination of the concept of infinity and transfinites and their implications ... Read full review
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