Beyond Infinity (Hardcover)

An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics

By Eugenia Cheng

Basic Books, 9780465094813, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

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" Cheng] does a great service by showing us non-mathematician schlubs how real mathematical creativity works." --Wall Street Journal
How big is the universe? How many numbers are there? And is infinity + 1 is the same as 1 + infinity? Such questions occur to young children and our greatest minds. And they are all the same question: What is infinity? In Beyond Infinity, Eugenia Cheng takes us on a staggering journey from elemental math to its loftiest abstractions. Along the way, she considers how to use a chessboard to plan a worldwide dinner party, how to make a chicken-sandwich sandwich, and how to create infinite cookies from a finite ball of dough. Beyond Infinity shows how one little symbol holds the biggest idea of all.

About the Author

Eugenia Cheng is an honorary fellow in pure mathematics at the University of Sheffield and the scientist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.