## Bridges to infinity: the human side of mathematicsExplains important mathematical concepts, such as probability and statistics, set theory, paradoxes, symmetries, dimensions, game theory, randomness, and irrational numbers |

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User Review - dangraves - LibraryThingTo a mathematician this book may not be thrilling, may even seem mistaken in places, but as a layman with just enough math to pass first semester calculus, I found this book exciting and have read it ... Read full review

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User Review - jmattas - LibraryThingI don't know how a layman would come to appreciate abstract mathematical ideas by reading these essays, but for those more familiar with math, such as myself, the characterizations seem a bit awkward ... Read full review

### Contents

PARTI FANTASIZING | 9 |

LOCATING THE VANISHING POINT | 23 |

BEYOND INFINITY | 41 |

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