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Author Kaplan, Robert, 1933- author.

Title The art of the infinite : the pleasures of mathematics / Robert Kaplan and Ellen Kaplan ; illustrations by Ellen Kaplan.

Publication Info. New York : Bloomsbury Press, 2014.
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  515.243 KAP    AVAILABLE
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Description ix, 402 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 391-392) and index.
Summary The Art of the Infinite takes infinity, in its countless guises, as a touchstone for understanding mathematical thinking. Tracing a path from Pythagoras, whose great Theorem led inexorably to a discovery that his followers tried in vain to keep secret (the existence of irrational numbers); through Descartes and Leibniz; to the brilliant, haunted Georg Cantor, who proved the infinity can come in different sizes. The Kaplans show how the attempt to grasp the ungraspable embodies the essence of mathematics.
Subject Series, Infinite.
Processes, Infinite.
Added Author Kaplan, Ellen, 1936- author, illustrator.
ISBN 9781608198696
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