To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite

To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite

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by Eli Maor
     
 

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Eli Maor examines the role of infinity in mathematics and geometry and its cultural impact on the arts and sciences. He evokes the profound intellectual impact the infinite has exercised on the human mind—from the "horror infiniti" of the Greeks to the works of M. C. Escher; from the ornamental designs of the Moslems, to the sage Giordano Bruno, whose belief

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Eli Maor examines the role of infinity in mathematics and geometry and its cultural impact on the arts and sciences. He evokes the profound intellectual impact the infinite has exercised on the human mind—from the "horror infiniti" of the Greeks to the works of M. C. Escher; from the ornamental designs of the Moslems, to the sage Giordano Bruno, whose belief in an infinite universe led to his death at the hands of the Inquisition. But above all, the book describes the mathematician's fascination with infinity—a fascination mingled with puzzlement. "Maor explores the idea of infinity in mathematics and in art and argues that this is the point of contact between the two, best exemplified by the work of the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, six of whose works are shown here in beautiful color plates."—Los Angeles Times "[Eli Maor's] enthusiasm for the topic carries the reader through a rich panorama."—Choice "Fascinating and enjoyable.... places the ideas of infinity in a cultural context and shows how they have been espoused and molded by mathematics."—Science

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Los Angeles Times
Maor explores the idea of infinity in mathematics and in art and argues that this is the point of contact between the two, best exemplified by the work of the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, six of whose works are shown here in beautiful color plates.
Science
Fascinating and enjoyable . . . [P]laces the ideas of infinity in a cultural context and shows how they have been espoused and molded by mathematics.
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"Maor explores the idea of infinity in mathematics and in art and argues that this is the point of contact between the two, best exemplified by the work of the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, six of whose works are shown here in beautiful color plates."Los Angeles Times

"Fascinating and enjoyable . . . [P]laces the ideas of infinity in a cultural context and shows how they have been espoused and molded by mathematics."Science

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691025117
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/09/1991
Series:
Princeton Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
This book is a bit of a challenge if you are rusty of math but Maor does a good job of presenting the material with interesting footnotes (mostly historical in nature) and proofs in the appendix. He addresses infinity in several categories: mathematical, geometry, art, and cosmology. The first two sections are basic background for the latter two. There is a whole chapter on M. C. Escher. This is an accessible and interesting treatment of the topic. Highly recommended for those interested in infinity and the historical, philosophical, and cultural connections.