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Beyond Infinity

Beyond Infinity
 

[Cheng] does a great service by showing us non-mathematician schlubs how real mathematical creativity works. --Wall Street Journal How big is the universe? How many numbers are there? And is infinity + 1 is the same as 1 + infinity? Such questions occur to young children and our ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781541644137
Barcode 9781541644137
Published 1 May 2018 by Basic Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Cheng, Eugenia
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ISBN-13 9781541644137
ISBN-10 1541644131
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Basic Books
Imprint Basic Books
Publication Date 1 May 2018
Publication Country
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Cheng, Eugenia
Category Mathematics
Mathematical Foundations
Mathematical Logic
History of Mathematics
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 137mm
Height: 206mm
Spine: 23mm
Weight 318g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Mathematics, Infinite
NBS Text Mathematics
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 511.3
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

[Cheng] does a great service by showing us non-mathematician schlubs how real mathematical creativity works. --Wall Street Journal How big is the universe? How many numbers are there? And is infinity + 1 is the same as 1 + infinity? Such questions occur to young children and our greatest minds. And they are all the same question: What is infinity? In Beyond Infinity, Eugenia Cheng takes us on a staggering journey from elemental math to its loftiest abstractions. Along the way, she considers how to use a chessboard to plan a worldwide dinner party, how to make a chicken-sandwich sandwich, and how to create infinite cookies from a finite ball of dough. Beyond Infinity shows how one little symbol holds the biggest idea of all.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Beyond Infinity is a spirited and friendly guide--appealingly down to earth about math that's extremely far out. --Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not to Be Wrong Dr. Cheng...has a knack for brushing aside conventions and edicts, like so many pie crumbs from a cutting board. --Natalie Angier, New York Times PRAISE FOR EUGENIA CHENG [Cheng] conveys the spirit of inventiveness and creativity in math... Refreshing is the word that keeps coming to mind. --Steven Strogatz, as quoted in the New York Times Dr. Cheng...has a knack for brushing aside conventions and edicts, like so many pie crumbs from a cutting board. --Natalie Angier, New York Times [Eugenia Cheng's] tone is clear, clever and friendly. Even at her most whimsical she is rigorous and insightful... [She is] a lucid and nimble expositor. --Alex Bellos, New York Times Book Review The idea of infinity is one of the most perplexing things in mathematics, and the most fun. Eugenia Cheng's Beyond Infinity is a spirited and friendly guide--appealingly down to earth about math that's extremely far out. --Jordan Ellenberg, author of How Not to Be Wrong and professor of mathematics at University of Wisconsin-Madison Beyond Infinity is witty, charming, and crystal clear. Eugenia Cheng's enthusiasm and carefully chosen metaphors and analogies carry us effortlessly through the mathematical landscape of the infinite. A brilliant book! -- Ian Stewart, author of Calculating the Cosmos Our minds cannot truly grasp the concept of infinity, but Eugenia Chang takes us on a wild journey to help us in our search for it. It's a small, unassuming symbol, but it holds a giant idea. Cheng helps us understand the basics of infinity and then takes us on a ride to see its most lofty applications. From the practical to the entirely theoretical, this is a book to watch for. --Paste Magazine Ms. Cheng's chatty tone keeps things fresh. She has a knack for folksy analogies, and at different points in the book she illuminates different properties of infinity by discussing Legos, the iPod Shuffle, snorkeling, Battenberg cakes and Winnie-the-Pooh... she does a great service by showing us non-mathematician schlubs how real mathematical creativity works. --Wall Street Journal

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Author's Bio

Eugenia Cheng is an honorary fellow in pure mathematics at the University of Sheffield and the scientist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

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