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Everything and more : a compact history of infinity

Author: David Foster Wallace
Publisher: New York : Atlas Book, ©2003.
Series: Great discoveries.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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David Foster Wallace brings his intellectual ambition and bravura style to the story of how mathematicians have struggled to understand the infinite, from the ancient Greeks to the nineteenth-century mathematical genius Georg Cantor's counterintuitive discovery that there is more than one kind of infinity.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Foster Wallace
ISBN: 0393003388 9780393003383
OCLC Number: 52295275
Description: 319 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Series Title: Great discoveries.
Responsibility: David Foster Wallace.
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Is infinity a valid mathematical property or a meaningless abstraction? Wallace examines one of math's most enduring puzzles: the seemingly paradoxical nature of infinity, exploring the 19th  Read more...

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Shockingly readable....A brilliant antidote both to boring math textbooks and to pop-culture math books that emphasize the discoverer over the discovery. "

 
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