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

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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.

Table of Contents

Preface

1 Much Ado about Everything

The Rough Guide to Infinity

Intimations of the Infinite

Zeno Hour

2 Infinity, Almost and Actual, Fictitious and Factual

Darkness at Noon

A Purely Aristotelian Relationship

Infinity and God

A Little Kant

3 Welcome to the Hotel Infinity

Hotels

Experiences of the Hotel Infinity

The Hotel Infinitys Accounts

4 Infinity Is Not a Big Number

An Immaculate Misconception

Albert of Saxonys Paradox

Galileos Paradox

Cadmus and Harmonia

Terminator 0, 1⁄2, and 1

Countable Infinities

Uncountable Infinities

The Towering Infinito

5 The Madness of Georg Cantor

Cantor and Son

The Chronicle of Kronecker

Cantor, God, and Infinity - the Trinity with Affinity

Alls Sad that Ends Bad

6 Infinity Comes in Three Flavours

Triple Top

Lets Get Physical

Naked Infinities

The Great Blue Yonder

Infinity on the Back Foot

7 Is the Universe Infinite?

Everything That Is

Cosmology Goes Underground

Bent Universes

The Problem of Topology

The Problem of Uniformity

The Problem of Acceleration

Where Does This Leave Us?

The Shining

8 The Infinite Replication Paradox

A Universe Where Nothing Is Original

The Great Escape

The Temporal Version - Been There, Done That

The Never-ending Story

The Ethics of the Infinite

9 Worlds Without End

Other Worlds in History

Out of This World

Inflation - Here, There, and Everywhere

Conscious Interventions - Men in Black

Simulated Universes

How Should We Then Live?

10 Making Infinity Machines

Super-tasks

Rubbing Thomsons Lamp

Some Norse Code

The End-game Problem

Relativity and the Amazing Shrinking Man

A Matter of Timing

Newtonian Super-tasks

Relativistic Super-tasks

Big Bangs and Big Crunches

11 Living Forever

Childhoods End

The Sociology of Eternity

The Problem-Page of the Unending Future

The Strange, Familiar, and Forgotten

Incestuous Time Travel

The Grandmother Paradox

Consistent Histories

Tourists From the Future Time Travellers in the Financial World:

Perpetual Money Machines

Why You Cant Change the Past

Infinity - Where Will It All End?

Notes

Index

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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