Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2003 - 319 lappuses
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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Lietotāja recenzija  - Eoin - LibraryThing

High-wire all the way. More DFW or math in either direction and the thing falls to it's death. If you would like a glimpse of what Real math is like and don't hate Mr. Wallace, this is worth it. Lasīt pilnu pārskatu

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Lietotāja recenzija  - tgraettinger - LibraryThing

I found it interesting, but hard to read - not just because the content was difficult, but more due to the too-numerous asides made by the author. This was likely a stylistic choice of the author, but ... Lasīt pilnu pārskatu

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Friederike Eigler, Georgetwon University, Washington DC, USA; Jens Kugele, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany.

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