Mathematics

To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite - New Edition

    Foreword by
  • Ian Stewart

Paperback

ISBN:
Published:
11/21/2017
Copyright:
2018
Pages:
304
Size:
5.5 x 8.5 in.
Illus:
6 page color insert
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To Infinity and Beyond explores the idea of infinity in mathematics and art. Eli Maor examines the role of infinity, as well as its cultural impact on the arts and sciences. He evokes the profound intellectual impact the infinite has exercised on the human mind — from the “horror infiniti” of the Greeks to the works of M. C. Escher; from the ornamental designs of the Moslems, to the sage Giordano Bruno, whose belief in an infinite universe led to his death at the hands of the Inquisition. But above all, the book describes the mathematician’s fascination with infinity — a fascination mingled with puzzlement.