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Eli Maor examines the role of infinity in mathematics and geometry and 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 infinitEli Maor examines the role of infinity in mathematics and geometry and 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. "Maor explores the idea of infinity in mathematics and in art and argues that this is the point of contact between the two, best exemplified by the work of the Dutch artist M. C. Escher, six of whose works are shown here in beautiful color plates".--Los Angeles Times "[Eli Maor's] enthusiasm for the topic carries the reader through a rich panorama".--Choice "Fascinating and enjoyable.... places the ideas of infinity in a cultural context and shows how they have been espoused and molded by mathematics".--Science...

Title : To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite
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ISBN : 9780691025117
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 296 Pages
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To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite Reviews

  • Remo
    2018-10-01 23:42

    Esta obra nos cuenta las distintas visiones y tratos que ha tenido por nuestra parte el concepto del infinito a lo largo de la historia. Cantor, Gödel, Escher, Bach... son muchos los autores tratados y muchos los datos y detalles: Teoría de grupos, sucesiones, series... La bibliografía es de las que da ganas de leer más. Muy buena, igual que el libro.

  • Tim
    2018-09-30 01:28

    In organization and character this earlier work of Maor's foreshadows the better edited Princeton published "e: The Story of a Number." It's worth the aside to note that this work by comparison with that later volume demonstrates the sincerity of the rich thanks authors extend editors in prefaces. A top-notch editor clarifies an author's voice the way heat clarifies butter leaving no thermal trace in the final product. That said, this is a finely felt, thoughtfully designed, and beautiful work that largely carries through in clarity an exploration of mathematical, geometric, aesthetic, and cosmological infinity. It is a work replete with the words of others as well as Maor's own. The wide range of thinkers and artists who have reached for the infinite and the indivisible is itself a striking pattern that appears in these pages. Indeed, in an important way this work is about the intellectual and emotional kinship we may all find in reaching both within and beyond ourselves to the extremities of rational thought, aesthetic vision, and the physical world. In that kinship Maor opens obliquely as well the portal on the infinite that Kant and many others found in the moral law. Concern with Truth and Beauty carry his account of infinity, as one might expect of a mathematician. But his frequent allusions to various intrusions of infinity into Judaism, Islam, and Christianity offer at least a cultural lens on the Good as well. In the end this is a work uncertain of conclusion but convinced of enjoyment in the endless avenues of inquiry open to an active mind.

  • Ann
    2018-10-16 20:22

    This book is a bit of a challenge if you are rusty of math but Maor does a good job of presenting the material with interesting footnotes (mostly historical in nature) and proofs in the appendix. He addresses infinity in several categories: mathematical, geometry, art, and cosmology. The first two sections are basic background for the latter two. There is a whole chapter on M. C. Escher. This is an accessible and interesting treatment of the topic. Highly recommended for those interested in infinity and the historical, philosophical, and cultural connections.

  • Laura Buckby
    2018-09-28 19:30

    This book is exactly what I needed for my thesis "What is the importance of infinity in mathematics"It includes little quotes on infinity too, I might use a few of those as well!Brilliant.Now for everyone who doesn't like mathematic (probably most of you) i dont want to bore you with a review; so have this as a little thanks for putting up with me,

  • Tiffany
    2018-09-29 19:29

    A discussion of the mathematics/discoveries of infinity, and how the concept of infinity has affected religion, art, music, and science. Being me, I especially found the math and art portions interesting, especially because there are a whole lot of references (and even a chapter) to M.C. Escher. A high enough 3 stars that I gave it 4 stars, although it might have really been more like 3.75 stars.

  • Kevin
    2018-10-14 19:34

    Will still has this, I want it back.

  • Zac
    2018-10-02 00:21

    a decently written book that still holds MOSTLY true considering it was written in 1987. good concepts, well explained.

  • Michael
    2018-09-24 23:44

    An excellent historical overview of the concept of infinity.

  • Kate
    2018-09-24 22:29

    georg cantor is cool.

  • Steve
    2018-10-07 23:38

    This is one of the best math books I ahve ever read.It is a good story of how infinity has been treated throughout history.very interresting

  • Marcia
    2018-10-01 19:19

    A very readable exposition on history of the concept of infinity. Excellent for the layman and still satisfying for the expert.

  • Dave Nichols
    2018-09-24 22:45

    Pretty good for a rather boring subject. Lots of common stuff, a few trinkets here and there. There were a few areas I pretty much just skimmed through.

  • Richard
    2018-10-09 19:22

    History of infinity. Okay, tails off at the end.

  • Chris Lawnsby
    2018-10-03 01:41

    Pretty interesting book about infinity. Less interesting than "Fermat's Enigma" but more interesting than "The Golden Ratio." I'd recommend it only if you are interested in numbers.