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Wallace, David Foster

Everything and more. A compact history of infinity

Exploring the history of one of math´s most enduring puzzles, this book deals with the seemingly paradoxical nature of infinity. Is infinity a valid mathematical property or a meaningless abstraction? The 19th-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.

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