The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Science - 352 pages
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For a thousand years, infinity has proven to be a difficult and illuminating challenge for mathematicians and theologians. It certainly is the strangest idea that humans have ever thought. Where did it come from and what is it telling us about our Universe? Can there actually be infinities? Is matter infinitely divisible into ever-smaller pieces? But infinity is also the place where things happen that don't. All manner of strange paradoxes and fantasies characterize an infinite universe. If our Universe is infinite then an infinite number of exact copies of you are, at this very moment, reading an identical sentence on an identical planet somewhere else in the Universe.

Now Infinity is the darling of cutting edge research, the measuring stick used by physicists, cosmologists, and mathematicians to determine the accuracy of their theories. From the paradox of Zeno’s arrow to string theory, Cambridge professor John Barrow takes us on a grand tour of this most elusive of ideas and describes with clarifying subtlety how this subject has shaped, and continues to shape, our very sense of the world in which we live. The Infinite Book is a thoroughly entertaining and completely accessible account of the biggest subject of them all–infinity.


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Review: The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless

User Review  - Bob Anderson - Goodreads

This book is a joy to read, with subjects that range from the strictly mathematical to the philosophical, physical and literary realms. Its chapters are split into sections, each of which has some ... Read full review

Review: The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless

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Contents

Title Page
chapter two Infinity Almost and Actual Fictitious and Factual
chapter three Welcome to the Hotel Infinity

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About the author (2007)

John D. Barrow is Research Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Theories of Everything and Impossibility.


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