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Summary ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ David Foster Wallace David Foster Wallace ☆ 9 Free download review Everything and More A Compact History of Infinity One of the outstanding voices of his generation David Foster Wallace has won a large and devoted following for the intellectual ambition and bravura style of his fiction and essays Now he brings his considerable talents to the history of one of math's most enduring puzzles the seemingly paradoxical nature of infinityIs infinity a. To me Everything and More reads rather as a discourse from a green gridded prairie heaven where irony free people who ve been educated to a turn in those prairie schoolhouses and great but unpretentious universities sit around their dinner tables buttering sweet corn drinking iced tea and patiently trying to explain even the most recondite mysteries of the universe out of a conviction that the world must be amenable to human understanding and that if you can understand something you can explain it in words fancy words if that helps plain words if possible But in any case you can reach out to other minds through that medium of words and make a connection cHere is a uotation from G K Chesterton Poets do not go mad but chess players do Mathematicians go mad and cashiers but creative artists very seldom I am not attacking logic I only say that this danger does lie in logic not in imagination Here also is a snippet from the flap copy for a recent pop bio of Cantor In the late nineteenth century an extraordinary mathematician languished in an asylum The closer he came to the answers he sought the further away they seemed Eventually it drove him mad as it had mathematicians before him c Well this doesn t seem to be 100% true Even though mathematicians do often get a tad oddThe Mentally Ill Mathematician seems now in some ways to be what the Knight Errant Mortified Saint Tortured Artist and Mad Scientist have been for other eras sort of our Prometheus the one who goes to forbidden places and returns with gifts we all can use but he alone pays for That s probably a bit overblown at least in most cases cAnd of course since mathematics is a totally abstract language one whose lack of specific real world referents is supposed to yield maximal hygiene its paradoxes and conundra are much of a problem Meaning math has to really deal with them instead of just putting them in the back of its mind once the alarm goes off Some dilemmas can be handled legalistically so to speak by definition and stipulation cThe real irony is that the view of as some forbidden zone or road to insanity which view was very old and powerful and haunted math for 2000 years is precisely what Cantor s own work overturned cOh boy The dictionary was herethe other antipodal stereotype of mathematicians as nerdy little bowtied fissiparous creatures And at what point do the uestions get so abstract and the distinctions so fine and the cephalalgia so bad that we simply can t handle thinking about any of it any cThe source of this pernicious myth is Aristotle who is in certain respects the villain of our whole Story c

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Summary ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ David Foster Wallace David Foster Wallace ☆ 9 Free download review Everything and More A Compact History of Infinity Valid mathematical property or a meaningless abstraction The nineteenth century mathematical genius Georg Cantor's answer to this uestion not only surprised him but also shook the very foundations upon which math had been built Cantor's counterintuitive discovery of a progression of larger and larger infinities created controversy. Well as you might expect this is great writing at least the parts of it that are plain english I hesitated to read it because it was well a math book and the 7 semesters of college math i had to take was enough to last me a lifetime Although I must say that if I had math teachers like David Foster Wallace I probably would have liked it So anyway the book was a gift but sat on my shelf for a few months but I eventually sat down and read it It was worth reading but I doubt it will be my favorite DFW book so far Infinite Jest is the only other one I ve read I like it much It s just lots of slogging through a subject that has no real bearing on anything in my life and is also not that entertaining other than the 5% of it that is Wallace saying hilarious little things in footnotes for instance that Kurt G del is the Dark Prince of math It s alluring in a geeky way but that s about the extent of it It doesn t make me wiser about life or help me be a better person or a better anything else that I am and it wasn t a whole lot of fun Those are my criteria for reading a book But I will give this one 4 stars because I think Wallace did probably about the best job possible of doing what he set out to doBut you can pretty much summarize the book thus Mathematicians and philosophers kept putting off dealing with the concept of infinity for centuries Finally some guys in Germany dealt with it They showed that there are different kinds of greater and lesser infinities This created paradoxes and problems for the field some of which still never got solved David Foster Wallace was a really smart guy and really geeky even though he may have screwed up some of the finer points of the math

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Summary ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ☆ David Foster Wallace David Foster Wallace ☆ 9 Free download review Everything and More A Compact History of Infinity In his time and may have hastened his mental breakdown but it also helped lead to the development of set theory analytic philosophy and even computer technologySmart challenging and thoroughly rewarding Wallace's tour de force brings immediate and high profile recognition to the bizarre and fascinating world of higher mathematics. I DID IT I FINISHED IT Phew the last half was a slogThis was basically a history of math with the bent of focusing on howwhy we got to certain calculations about infinity I can easily recommend the first 100 pages to everybody who has a passing interest in philosophy or David Foster Wallace I have read exactly two things by him now three Infinite Jest and This is Water both things I bend over backward to recommend to people The first 100 pages of Everything and More were like a confluence of everything I love about those two pieces and it was seriously blowing my mindThen it got into math and my eyes started to glaze over Math has never been a strong suit of mine and there are some page long proofs that I straight up skipped It got harder and harder to understand what was happening because I didn t really understand the formativeunderlying principles so when he started to build on them I really didn t get itLoved the first part though and I can recommend that with abandon