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Understanding the infinite

Author: Shaughan Lavine
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 1994.
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How can the infinite, a subject so remote from our finite experience, be an everyday tool for the working mathematician? Shaughan Levine attempts to answer this question using a blend of history, philosophy, mathematics and logic.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lavine, Shaughan.
Understanding the infinite.
Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 1994
(DLC) 93049697
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Shaughan Lavine
ISBN: 0674921178 9780674921177 9780674920965 0674920961 0674039998 9780674039995
OCLC Number: 646811693
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 372 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction Infinity, Mathematics' Persistent Suitor Incommensurable Lengths, Irrational Numbers Newton and Leibniz Go Forward, and Faith Will Come to You Vibrating Strings Infinity Spurned Infinity Embraced Sets of Points Infinite Sizes Infinite Orders Integration Absolute vs. Transfinite Paradoxes What Are Sets? Russell Cantor Appendix: Letter from Cantor to Jourdain, 9 July 1904 Appendix: On an Elementary Question of Set Theory The Axiomatization of Set Theory The Axiom of Choice The Axiom of Replacement Definiteness and Skolem's Paradox Zermelo Go Forward, and Faith Will Come to You Knowing the Infinite What Do We Know? What Can We Know? Getting from Here to There Appendix Leaps of Faith Intuition Physics Modality Second-Order Logic From Here to Infinity Who Needs Self-Evidence? Picturing the Infinite The Finite Mathematics of Indefinitely Large Size The Theory of Zillions Extrapolations Natural Models Many Models One Model or Many? Sets and Classes Natural Axioms Second Thoughts Schematic and Generalizable Variables Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Shaughan Lavine.


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