Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

In Search of Infinity 1995th Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0817638191
ISBN-10: 0817638199
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$7.88 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy new On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$69.99 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
28 New from $8.71 42 Used from $7.88 1 Collectible from $20.00
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Prime Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
$69.99 FREE Shipping. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • 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: #1,804,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
50%
4 star
50%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
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.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Read more ›
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

In Search of Infinity
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: In Search of Infinity
Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: logic mathemat