Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (Great Discoveries)

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (Great Discoveries) by David Foster Wallace 0393326292 9780393326291
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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 maths 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 Cantors answer to this question not only surprised him but also shook the very foundations upon which math had been built. Cantors 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.

Author: David Foster Wallace

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 368

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Publication Date: 2004-11-17

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