Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity (Paperback)

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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.

Smart, challenging, and thoroughly rewarding, Wallace's tour de force brings immediate and high-profile recognition to the bizarre and fascinating world of higher mathematics.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393326291
ISBN-10: 0393326292
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 17th, 2004
Pages: 368
Language: English
Series: Great Discoveries (Paperback)