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Eight lessons on infinity : a mathematical adventure

By: Shapira, Haim

1786781840 / 9781786781840
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20 cm 208 pages
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Do you want to learn about the most beautiful concept ever invented by humankind?

In this book, best-selling author and mathematician Haim Shapira will inspire you with his humorous and engaging exploration of infinity. Written in clear, simple language and aimed at a lay audience, this book also offers some strategies that will allow readers to try their ability at solving truly fascinating mathematical problems.

Infinity is a deeply counter-intuitive concept that has inspired many great thinkers.

In this book we will meet many sages, both familiar and unfamiliar: Zeno and Pythagoras, Georg Cantor and Bertrand Russell, Sofia Kovalevskaya and Emmy Noether, al-Khwarizmi and Euclid, Sophie Germain and Srinivasa Ramanujan.

The world of infinity is inhabited by many paradoxes, and so is this book: Zeno paradoxes, Hilbert's "Infinity Hotel", Achilles and the gods paradox, the paradox of heaven and hell, the Ross-Littlewood paradox involving tennis balls, the Galileo paradox and many more. Aimed at the curious but non-technical reader, this book refrains from using any fearsome mathematical symbols.

It uses only the most basic operations of mathematics: adding, subtracting, multiplication, division, powers and roots - that is all.

But that doesn't mean that a bit of deep thinking won't be necessary and rewarding.

Writing with humour and lightness of touch, Haim Shapira banishes the chalky pallor of the schoolroom and offers instead a truly thrilling intellectual journey. Fasten your seatbelt - we are going to Infinity, and beyond!


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