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Everything and More David Foster Wallace

Everything and More By David Foster Wallace

Everything and More by David Foster Wallace


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'Unlike other books about infinity, it's approachable, fun, entertaining, informative...If Terry Pratchett wrote a book about mathematics and included most of the plot in the footnotes, it would look uncannily like this' Focus

Everything and More Summary

Everything and More: A Compact History of [Infinity Symbol] by David Foster Wallace

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.

Everything and More Reviews

"Our lives keep getting fuller and faster - but remain finite. Perhaps that is what makes the concept of inifinity, the subject of this study, so fascinating." THE TIMES "No one can accuse Foster Wallace of being stuffy; his book is engagingly dishevelled... Foster Wallace shows his love for Maths." TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

About David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace is the award-winning author of two novels, two collections of stories, and a collection of essays. He lives in Berkeley, California

Additional information

GOR001889218
9780753818824
0753818825
Everything and More: A Compact History of [Infinity Symbol] by David Foster Wallace
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Orion Publishing Co
2005-06-02
368
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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