The Infinite Book by John D. Barrow
A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless (Vintage)

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For a thousand years, infinity has proven to be a difficult and illuminating challenge for mathematicians and theologians. It certainly is the strangest idea that humans have ever thought. Where did it come from and what is it telling us about our Universe? Can there actually be infinities? Is matter infinitely divisible into ever-smaller pieces? But infinity is also the place where things happen that don't. All manner of strange paradoxes and fantasies characterize an infinite universe. If our Universe is infinite then an infinite number of exact copies of you are, at this very moment, reading an identical sentence on an identical planet somewhere else in the Universe.

Now Infinity is the darling of cutting edge research, the measuring stick used by physicists, cosmologists, and mathematicians to determine the accuracy of their theories. From the paradox of Zeno’s arrow to string theory, Cambridge professor John Barrow takes us on a grand tour of this most elusive of ideas and describes with clarifying subtlety how this subject has shaped, and continues to shape, our very sense of the world in which we live. The Infinite Book is a thoroughly entertaining and completely accessible account of the biggest subject of them all–infinity.

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About John D. Barrow

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John D. Barrow is a professor of mathematical sciences and director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is known internationally for his research in cosmology and for his popular science writing. He lives in Cambridge, UK.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 352 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, Law & Philosophy, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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The Infinite Book (2005) To our modern sensibilities, infinity — the mathematical concept involving the unending and the limitless — is denuded of both meaning and mystery.

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Noting that "London would not be London without the Underground", Wolmar laments the scant commemoration of the world's first underground railway.

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