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The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless

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For a thousand years, infinity has proven to be a difficult and illuminating challenge for mathematicians and theologians. It certainly is the strangest idea that humans have ever thought. Where did it come from and what is it telling us about our Universe? Can there actually be infinities? Is matter infinitely divisible into ever-smaller pieces? But infinity is also the place where things happen that don't. All manner of strange paradoxes and fantasies characterize an infinite universe. If our Universe is infinite then an infinite number of exact copies of you are, at this very moment, reading an identical sentence on an identical planet somewhere else in the Universe.

Now Infinity is the darling of cutting edge research, the measuring stick used by physicists, cosmologists, and mathematicians to determine the accuracy of their theories. From the paradox of Zenos arrow to string theory, Cambridge professor John Barrow takes us on a grand tour of this most elusive of ideas and describes with clarifying subtlety how this subject has shaped, and continues to shape, our very sense of the world in which we live. The Infinite Book is a thoroughly entertaining and completely accessible account of the biggest subject of them all-infinity.

About the Author

John D. Barrow is Research Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Theories of Everything and Impossibility.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400032242
Subtitle:
A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless
Author:
Barrow, John
Author:
Barrow, John D.
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Metaphysics
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20060912
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.28x5.62x.73 in. .71 lbs.

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