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Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics
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Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics

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The brilliant and charismatic Eugenia Cheng takes us on a dizzying journey through what's bigger than infinity and smaller than its opposite

Every child had a schoolyard fight that ended with this classic exchange: “Nuh-uh, times infinity!” “Yeah-huh, times infinity plus one!” The argument goes to the heart of a question everyone has wondered about: What is infinity?

Musician, chef, and mathematician Eugenia Cheng has some answers. Whether pondering why some numbers are uncountable, or why infinity plus one is not the same as one plus infinity, Cheng takes readers on a staggering journey from math at its most elemental to its loftiest abstractions. Along the way she considers how you could use a chessboard to help plan a dinner party for the world, what it would mean to make a chicken-sandwich sandwich, and if you could create infinite cookies from a finite ball of dough (the math says yes!).

For readers of Here's Looking at Euclid and The Joy of X, Beyond Infinity shows how this little symbol—∞—can make us kings and queens of infinite space.

Title:Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics
Edition Language:English
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Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:304 pages
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    Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics Reviews

  • Brian Clegg
    Mar 05, 2017

    Popular maths writers have it much harder than authors of popular science books. Pretty well everyone loves science at junior school, even if they're put off it in their teens, so for science writers,...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Apr 01, 2017

    Most people are on bad terms with math and I understand why the subject doesn't get much love. This author wants to change that. She covers cool concepts in the mathematics of infinity which is really...

  • Jeremy S
    Apr 11, 2017

    This book was fascinating. I truly believe if I'd had a math teacher like Cheng I would have been fully engaged.I loved algebra growing up, and I have fond memories of a friend of my mom who used to p...

  • David Rubin
    Apr 14, 2017

    Ms. Cheng does a great job of explaining difficult math ideas to the non-mathematician, or to someone, like me, who did not take much math in high school or college. Most of the book involved the ques...

  • anna b
    Apr 23, 2017

    Interesting analogies to describe the meaning of infinity. I am interested in mathematics but does not have the knowledge of advance math. When the formulae are out, it gets mind boggling. I wished I ...

  • Tom Hill
    Apr 25, 2017

    The premise of this book sounded interesting to me. Unfortunately the journey was not nearly as good as the promise. Eugenia Cheng obviously has a passion for mathematics but her enthusiasm cannot ove...