Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity


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The bestselling author of "Infinite Jest" takes on the 2,000 year-old quest to understand infinity. Wallace brings his considerable talents to the history of one of math's most enduring puzzles: the seemingly paradoxical nature of infinity.

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Clyde W

Sep 19, 2015

Over My Head

"Dazed and Confused." Maybe if Brian Greene was around to explain this to me, I'd get it. Another more mathematically qualified reader may find this exposition quite delightful, as I have found other DFW writings, but this one I simply could not handle. The extensive equations, etc., left me numb and I had to, reluctantly, set it aside. I was hoping for more prose, less school. Perhaps I've just gotten old and impatient and should stick to lobster and tennis.


Aug 21, 2009

More IS More

DF Wallace blows the lid off of everything we (laymen) thought we knew. The care and feeding that he provided to get into the heart of infinity issues was most commendable. A must read for anyone interested in hyperspace.


Jan 22, 2009

For the Mathematically inclined,or curious

This book is unique in my experience. David Foster Wallace,known best for his novels, was educated as a mathematician. In this book he addresses and explains,in an informal, easy-rolling,innovating style, one of the most confounding of mathematical concepts,that of infinity. Beginning with basic concepts he progresses to reveal the meaning and explain the work of Georg Cantor and transfinite numbers. If you have a taste for popularized science and a curiousity about sophisticated mathematics,you might enjoy thi book. I certainly did.

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