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Eight Lessons on Infinity : A Mathematical Adventure

Shapira, Haim
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Watkins Media (Watkins Publishing)
Published: April 16, 2019
ISBN: 9781786781840
208 pages

£9.99

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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