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In search of infinity

Author: Виленкин, Н. Я. author. ; N I︠A︡ Vilenkin
Publisher: Boston : Birkhäuser, [1995] ©1995
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The concept of infinity has been for hundreds of years one of the most fascinating and elusive ideas to tantalize the minds of scholars adn lay people alike. The theory of infinite sets lies at the heart of much of mathematics, yet it has produced a series of paradoxes that have led many scholars to doubt the soundness of its foundations. The author of this book presents a popular-level account of the roads followed  Read more...
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Vilenkin, N. I︠A︡. (Naum I︠A︡kovlevich).
In search of infinity.
Boston : Birkhäuser, ©1995
(OCoLC)682378682
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Виленкин, Н. Я. author. ; N I︠A︡ Vilenkin
ISBN: 0817638199 9780817638191 3764338199 9783764338190
OCLC Number: 32856116
Language Note: Translted from the Russian by Abe Shenitzer.
Description: 145 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Infinity and the universe --
2. The mysteries of infinite sets --
3. Remarkable functions and curves, or a stroll through a mathematical hall of wonders --
4. In search of the absolute.
Other Titles: V poiskakh beskonechnosti.
Responsibility: N.Ya. Vilenkin ; translated by Abe Shenitzer, with the editorial assistance of Hardy Grant and Stefan Mykytiuk.

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