A Brief History of Infinity

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Penguin, 2005 - Mathematics - 199 pages
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In A Brief History of Infinity, the infinite in all its forms - viewed from the perspective of mathematicians, philosophers, and theologians - is explored, as Zellini strives to explain this fundamental principle. What is the difference between trueand false infinity? How might we explain away the puzzle of Zeno's paradox? And how is the concept of infinity helping us as we wrestle with the fundamental uncertainties of the quantum world? Paolo Zellini shows that the concept of the infinite is a multifaceted one, and eloquently demonstrates the manner in which humanity has attempted to comprehend that concept for millenia.

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Translation from Italian of a 1980 book. More philosophy than mathematics, with plenty of dry discourse and theological contamination. Some bright spots where he does focus on the math. Read full review

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I am so glad others reviewed this. I thought it might be that my German isn't good enough. I've given up a few pages into the second chapter. Read full review


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Marsh is Professor of Politics, University of Birmingham.

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