Everything and More: A Compact History of [infinity]

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - Mathematics - 319 pages
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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. 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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Review: Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (Great Discoveries)

User Review  - Armineh Nouri - Goodreads

Not 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

Review: Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (Great Discoveries)

User Review  - Guy - Goodreads

Are you fascinated by the fact that the infinity of rational numbers is infinitely exceeded by the infinity of the real numbers? Did you appreciate calculus, particularly infinitesimals and limit ... Read full review

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Writer David Foster Wallace was born in Ithaca, New York on February 21, 1962. He received a B.A. from Amherst College in Massachusetts. He was working on his master's degree in creative writing at the University of Arizona when he published his debut novel The Broom of the System (1987). Wallace published his second novel Infinite Jest (1996) which introduced a cast of characters that included recovering alcoholics, foreign statesmen, residents of a halfway house, and high-school tennis stars. He spent four years researching and writing this novel. His first collection of short stories was Girl with Curious Hair (1989). He also published a nonfiction work titled Signifying Rappers: Rap and Race in the Urban Present. He committed suicide on September 12, 2008 at the age of 46 after suffering with bouts of depression for 20 years.

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