Everything and More: A Compact History of InfinityOne 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  Andrew Brown  GoodreadsReadable, 'layman's' guide to the history of infinity. Not necessarily rigorous in it's presentation or mathematics, Wallace offers an enjoyable introduction to one of mathematics' most vexing problems. Read full review
Review: Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (Great Discoveries)
User Review  Brian  GoodreadsBetter than most of his work, the bulk of which I consider the best writing in the English language. This is a truncated review, abstract rather than obtuse, and will be added according to some set theory m^tm where m is me, t is time available, and... Read full review
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