Everything and More by David Foster Wallace
A Compact History of Infinity (Great Discoveries)

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"A gripping guide to the modern taming of the infinite."—The New York Times. With a new introduction by Neal Stephenson.


Is infinity a valid mathematical property or a meaningless abstraction? David Foster Wallace brings his intellectual ambition and characteristic bravura style to the story of how mathematicians have struggled to understand the infinite, from the ancient Greeks to the nineteenth-century mathematical genius Georg Cantor's counterintuitive discovery that there was more than one kind of infinity. 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.
 

About David Foster Wallace

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David Foster Wallace wrote the novels The Pale King, Infinite Jest, and The Broom of the System and the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, and Girl With Curious Hair. His nonfiction includes Consider the Lobster, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Everything and More, and This Is Water. He died in 2008.
 
Published October 4, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 344 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Biographies & Memoirs, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Infinity: The Quest to Think the Unthinkable by Brian Clegg 288pp, Constable, £8.99 Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity by David Foster Wallace 320pp, Weidenfeld, £14.99 Even those of us to whom calculus was a distant peak we had no prospect of climbing can remember a tim...

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Everything and More by David Foster Wallace Weidenfeld & Nicolson £14.99, pp319 There are few pleasures that compare with detecting a mistake in a highly technical book, so humour me.

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Entertainment Weekly

In an inspired bit of stunt casting, the creators of ''Great Discoveries'' (a new series in which name-brand authors present histories of scientific breakthroughs) have paired the ''Infinite Jest'' novelist with Georg Cantor, the inventor of transfinite math.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Wallace is, however, disdainful of the "troubled genius" template and of previous books treating Cantor's life as a "Promethean narrative" about the perils of abstract thinking.

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PopMatters

Everything and More similarly draws connections between mathematics and language, but here the analogy’s purpose is to give greater insight to the realm of mathematics, to show that math is a language made up of numbers and equations that express and explain the composition of the world and life ...

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London Review of Books

Not only is this optimism controversial and expressed without adequate justification, it is also inconsistent with the equally controversial and equally unjustified pessimism expressed on the final page of the main text, where we are told that a problem with which Cantor wrestled throughout his l...

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A Patchwork of Books

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