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Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2004

    Infinity -- And More

    Readers who are interested in the subject more than in math itself and who, like myself, have only a first year college math, will want to read this book twice. But I will go a step further than the Journal in saying that readers, when they feel they are getting lost, will stop, as I did, and put in a marker. They will then return to the last place where they felt comfortable and try again to 'cross the road', confident that it is possible (because Wallace says so) but all the while mindfull of the fact that there really is no end.

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

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    A History Book For Geeks!

    While in today's world of calculus and advanced math, we may take infinity for granted, this book is a great demonstration of the difficulties and benefits of abstract thought.

    Like how it wasn't until math became more abstracted (and removed from the physical reality) that it was able to provide science with profound real-world breakthroughs.

    A fiction writer of the non-science variety, DFW is brings his unique perspective and writing style to a truly fascinating subject. While the math can get heavy at times, he still manages to spin an intriguing narrative and show the trouble, paradoxes, and controversy throughout history caused by the very concept of infinity.

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