The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless

The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless

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.

Title:The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781400032242
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  • WarpDrive

    An interesting, multi-disciplinary introduction to the fascinating theme of infinity (and associated aspects such as the "infinitesimal"), as a concept explored from a mathematical, physical, philosop...

  • Adam

    As I started studying Calculus more and more it made me a lot more curious about the nature of infinity. We take these limits of functions to get the derivation process, we look at area with integrati...

  • Mayank

    Well, the good thing is, I managed to finish this book in a finite amount of time. At one point it looked unlikely.Its not a bad book at all (in fact its quite good), but its a book written by a mathe...

  • Benjamin Wallsten

    Review taken from my blog,The Virtuosos.Infinity. What is it? What is it not? Why should anyone care about something so intangible?For many people. infinity is just a word that they’ve been taught m...

  • MG Mason

    Infinity. How often do you think about it? I mean really think about the idea that something could go on forever? Have you thought about what the end of the universe might look like? Or whether there ...

  • Sayantan

    The first few chapters cover the philosophies of antiquity about infinity (Aristotlean, Christian etc.), so they are a bit boring and feels irrelevant. But their inclusion is justified by the fact tha...

  • Fortu

    Relaxed and brief review of commonplace topics around the concept of inifinity, including references to the usual suspects in infinity-land: Cantor, Gödel, Turing, Einstein, and a bunch of greek phil...

  • Andrew

    The resourceful manager had begun by finding room for one extra guest in a full hotel, then a room for an infinite number of guests in a full hotel, but now he is being asked to find room for an infin...

  • Chelsea Lawson

    I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would given that it has no story or characters. It is, exactly as it says it is, an exploration of the concept of infinity as it has been explored in ph...

  • Kevin

    This was a really detailed and explaining book about infinity. It talks about infinity in multiple different ways, it talks about infinity paradoxes, infinity in math and number theory, the relative i...