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Beyond Infinity: An expedition to the outer limits of the mathematical universe

Beyond Infinity: An expedition to the outer limits of the mathematical universe

Inside the weird and wonderful world of infinity, from endless hotels to bottomless cookie-jars - now in paperback.

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ISBN 9781781252864
Barcode 9781781252864
Published 24 April 2018 by Profile Books Ltd
Format Paperback, Main
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Language English (translated from: English)
Author(s) By Cheng, Eugenia
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ISBN-13 9781781252864
ISBN-10 1781252866
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Profile Books Ltd
Imprint Profile Books Ltd
Publication Date 24 April 2018
International Publication Date 1 March 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Cheng, Eugenia
Category Award Winning
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 255g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Infinite - Popular works, Logic, Symbolic and mathematical - Popular works
NBS Text Mathematics
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 510
Catalogue Code 986660

Description of this Book

Even small children know there are infinitely many whole numbers - start counting and you'll never reach the end. But there are also infinitely many decimal numbers between zero and one. Are these two types of infinity the same? Are they larger or smaller than each other? Can we even talk about 'larger' and 'smaller' when we talk about infinity? In Beyond Infinity, international maths sensation Eugenia Cheng reveals the inner workings of infinity. What happens when a new guest arrives at your infinite hotel - but you already have an infinite number of guests? How does infinity give Zeno's tortoise the edge in a paradoxical foot-race with Achilles? And can we really make an infinite number of cookies from a finite amount of cookie dough? Wielding an armoury of inventive, intuitive metaphor, Cheng draws beginners and enthusiasts alike into the heart of this mysterious, powerful concept to reveal fundamental truths about mathematics, all the way from the infinitely large down to the infinitely small.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Short-listed for Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2017 (UK)
NZ Review 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 Praise for How to Bake Pi: 'It would be wonderful if this book attracted a new audience to the field. And there's no better ambassador (or dinner-party host, I'd wager) than Eugenia Cheng. -- Alex Bellos * New York Times * 'A concert pianist, mathematician, polyglot and now YouTube star, Cheng has carved out quite a niche for herself demystifying maths through cake. It's a Beautiful-Mind-meets-Scott-Pilgrim kind of mission, and Cheng brings to it an ebullient enthusiasm that's infectious * Guardian *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Eugenia Cheng is Honorary Fellow in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield and Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was educated at the University of Cambridge and did post-doctoral work at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice. Since 2007 her YouTube lectures and videos have been viewed over a million times. A concert pianist, she also speaks French, English and Cantonese, and her mission in life is to rid the world of maths phobia. She is the author of How to Bake Pi.

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