Beyond Infinity

Beyond Infinity

An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics

Book - 2017
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In Beyond Infinity, musician, chef, and mathematician Eugenia Cheng answers the question - what would you call something small enough to fit in your head but too large to fit in the world, or even the universe? - 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.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9780465094813
0465094813
Branch Call Number: Science & Nature 511.3 Che

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Oct 25, 2017

A great book that expanded my thinking about mathematics. It got me trying to prove that the square root of 2 is irrational and I got close, which is pretty good since it was late at night and I haven't done any formal math for a long, long time.

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