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In Search of Infinity 1995th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0817638199
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"In fewer than 150 pages Vilenkin has packed a whole course on infinity: its history, philosophy, and mathematical theory. Abe Shenitzer's translation is very smooth and natural... When fractals have gone out of style, and chaos is no longer the flavor of the month, some kind of 'geometric set theory' or 'set-theoretic geometry' may very well remain, and In Search of Infinity may still be the best introduction to it."

--American Mathematical Monthly

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian
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  • Hardcover: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Birkhäuser; 1995 edition (August 11, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0817638199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0817638191
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,434,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everybody who has some interest to mathematics can understand this remarkable book. I was 17 when I read it first time. Now I have PhD in mathematics and often use examples from the book for my students and my children. Some things seem to be impossible (the curve covering a square, ...) but after reading this book one can feel it, not only understand.
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As I pored over this captivating exploration into one of the deepest topics of mathematics and philosophy, I thought often of how Vilenkin's smart and breezy book would make the perfect companion to Rudy Rucker's magisterial Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philosophy of the Infinite (Princeton Science Library). Rucker is bullish on infinity and takes more of a set-theoretic approach to the subject (unsurprising, since set theory is where most mathematical work pertaining to infinity is done). Vilenkin is much more ready to show how pernicious infinity can be when unleashed on the field of mathematical analysis (which informs most of his work) - infinite procedures have wreaked havoc on formerly-uncontroversial notions of continuity, differentiability, and dimension. But on the flip side, these stresses have led analysts to better understandings of these notions, the process culminating (in this account) in the idea of Lebesgue measure. This is a sort of analogue to the account in Stilwell's Yearning for the Impossible: The Surprising Truths of Mathematics, which details how recurring questions about the nature of numbers and arithmetic led to a widening of the horizons of mathematics and to more intricate, abstract, and far-reaching theory.

After some preliminary fulminating, the meat of the book begins with V's own version of the "Hilbert's Hotel" story, told as a science-fiction tale from the viewpoint of a flamboyant space pilot who packs the (countably) infinitely-many rooms of the fantastic hotel with ever more late arrivals.
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