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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Philosophy - 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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THE INFINITE BOOK: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Define the universe, and give two examples.If that kind of challenge makes your head hurt, then science explainer and Cambridge mathematician Barrow's latest excursus into the unusual (The Constants ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kate_JJM - LibraryThing

Loved this. Made my brain hurt at first but you soon get used to it. One of those books where you read something a couple of times and then you understand it. Not in a way that you can put into words, but you understand it with a different type of understanding. (I know what I mean!:)) Read full review


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

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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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