Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

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W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 4, 2010 - Mathematics - 384 pages

"A gripping guide to the modern taming of the infinite." —New York Times

Part history, part philosophy, part love letter to the study of mathematics, Everything and More is an illuminating tour of infinity. With his infectious curiosity and trademark verbal pyrotechnics, David Foster Wallace takes us from Aristotle to Newton, Leibniz, Karl Weierstrass, and finally Georg Cantor and his set theory. Through it all, Wallace proves to be an ideal guide—funny, wry, and unfailingly enthusiastic. Featuring an introduction by Neal Stephenson, this edition is a perfect introduction to the beauty of mathematics and the undeniable strangeness of the infinite.

 

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High-wire all the way. More DFW or math in either direction and the thing falls to it's death. If you would like a glimpse of what Real math is like and don't hate Mr. Wallace, this is worth it. Read full review

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User Review  - tgraettinger - LibraryThing

I found it interesting, but hard to read - not just because the content was difficult, but more due to the too-numerous asides made by the author. This was likely a stylistic choice of the author, but ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
37
Section 3
38
Section 4
46
Section 5
53
Section 6
54
Section 7
69
Section 8
76
Section 20
169
Section 21
173
Section 22
183
Section 23
186
Section 24
191
Section 25
194
Section 26
211
Section 27
212

Section 9
79
Section 10
81
Section 11
85
Section 12
95
Section 13
97
Section 14
105
Section 15
113
Section 16
131
Section 17
139
Section 18
151
Section 19
155
Section 28
239
Section 29
249
Section 30
251
Section 31
253
Section 32
261
Section 33
272
Section 34
295
Section 35
306
Section 36
307
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David Foster Wallace (1962—2008) is the author of Infinite Jest, Girl with Curious Hair, Everything and More, The Broom of the System, and other fiction and nonfiction. Among his honors, he received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, and a Whiting Writers' Award.

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