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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


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
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...

  • 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...

  • Alex Telfar
    May 10, 2017

    I liked it, but I wanted to it to go further into topology, real analysis, higher math ... The first half was good, and just skimmed the second half. It was an easy read, which given the potentially c...

  • Stan
    May 29, 2017

    I started reading this book expecting to learn more about transcendental numbers. The first couple of chapters introduced the concepts, but after that things went downhill. The author then began offer...

  • Paula Yerke
    Jun 01, 2017

    I feel like I should throw a party in celebration of getting through this book!! I found this book VERY challenging. I was always good at Math but this is like entering another dimension where everyon...

  • Peter Sidell
    Jun 24, 2017

    A lucid and stimulating demonstration of ways to think about infinity. Although perhaps too many of the authors examples have to do with food. I doubt this would work well as an audio book. The discus...

  • Zach
    May 05, 2017

    I set out to learn more about infinity and I learned more about infinity, so I call it a resounding success. The examples in the book were easy to visualize and made sense to me. The style is easy to ...

  • Kristy Ann
    Jun 02, 2017

    I read the first few chapters to Eli (6 yrs) which sparked interesting conversations. By the end the book became slightly tedious for me....