Parts of the second half are, too, but those parts are islands in a sea of mounting incomprehensibility.
The book acknowledges that these math-items may not be familiar to you, but implies they would be if you took math in college and remembered it.
By reading this book, it can also improve my reading skill because it has some very confusion words need me spend much time understanding.
From the cover to the Intro and foreword to the list of commonly used signs symbols and abbreviations, this book is genius. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Rex Waide
This book is not really quite as lousy as some of the reviewers here claim. It is, however, thoroughly mediocre and also seems far too dependent -- quite embarrassingly so -- upon... Read morePublished 6 months ago by William D. Fusfield
I read math only when I can enjoy it; this book is enjoyable. Wallace is funny, iconoclastic, and over-the-top. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stephen Armstrong
During the first part of this book, the author's quirkiness, although quaint and fanciful, remained entertaining and didactic - even if the arbitrary notational schemes he kept... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Herbert L Calhoun
I bought and read this almost ten years ago, but the Kindle version was irresistible. Read it. Slowly. When you're alert.Published 11 months ago by Peter W. Birkett
This is math for the serious layman, written in a conversational style, but no less rigorous for that. His footnotes, as you would expect, are copious and intense. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Tim McGrath
David Foster Wallace shows his brilliance in this book that explains math in non- math terms, using math terms. Confusing? Read morePublished 19 months ago by Liz Campbell
Well, that's the most that I could really garner from this book, anyway. I'm a huge David Foster Wallace fan, as in David-Foster-Wallace-Changed-My-Life-kind of huge, but, I simply... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Maggie's Bro
frankly speak, it is a very nice book and I am very enjoying reading this book. It not only offer me the history of the infinite, but also gave me a large amount of new knowledge... Read morePublished 20 months ago by michael