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In search of infinity

Author: N I︠A︡ Vilenkin
Publisher: Boston : Birkhäuser, ©1995.
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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 and lay people alike. The theory of infinite sets lies at the heart of much of mathematics, yet is has produced a series of paradoxes that have led many scholars to doubt the soundness of it foundations. The author of this book presents a popular-level account of the roads followed  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Vilenkin, N. I︠A︡. (Naum I︠A︡kovlevich).
In search of infinity.
Boston : Birkhäuser, ©1995
(DLC) 95034319
(OCoLC)32856116
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: N I︠A︡ Vilenkin
ISBN: 9781461208372 1461208378 9781461269151 1461269156
OCLC Number: 682378682
Language Note: Translted from the Russian by Abe Shenitzer.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (145 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
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 --
Conclusion --
Notees.
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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