Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics


Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics Author Eugenia Cheng
ISBN-10 0465094813
ISBN-13 9780465094813
Year 2017-03-28
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Basic Books
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The hilarious and charming Eugenia Cheng leads us in search of what s bigger than infinity and smaller than its oppositeImagine something small enough to fit in your head but too large to fit in the world or even the universe What would you call it And what would it be How about infinity In Beyond Infinity musician chef and mathematician Eugenia Cheng answers this question by taking readers on a startling journey from math at its most elemental to its loftiest abstractions Beginning with the classic thought experiment of Hilbert s hotel the place where you can almost always find a room if you don t mind being moved from room to room over the course of the night she explores the wild and woolly world of the infinitely large and the infinitely small Along the way she considers weighty questions like why some numbers are uncountable or why infinity plus one is not the same as one plus infinity She finds insight in some unlikely examples planning a dinner party for 7 billion people using a chessboard making a chicken sandwich sandwich and creating infinite cookies from a finite ball of dough all tell you more about math than you could have imagined An irresistible book on the universe s biggest possible topic Beyond Infinity will beguile and bewitch you and show all of us how one little symbol can hold the biggest idea of all

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