The Art of the Infinite takes infinity, in its countless guises, as a touchstone for understanding mathematical thinking. Robert and Ellen Kaplan guide us through the “Republic of Numbers,” where we meet both its upstanding citizens and its more shadowy dwellers; and transport us across the plane of geometry into the unlikely realm where parallel lines meet. The journey is enriched by deft character studies of great mathematicians (and equally colorful lesser ones). And as we go deeper into infinity, we explore the most profound mystery of mathematics: Are its principles eternal truths that we discover? Or ones that we invent?
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I finally gave up
I really tried, but eventually, it just got too much. Loved the subject matter, but found it too hard to follow just by listening. I enjoyed just letting it wash over me, but despite loving mathematics, I didn't have enough behind me to be able to keep up without the material in front of me. Never mind. I certainly wouldn't denigrate the book, and since I didn't manage to finish it, I can hardly provide a comprehensive evaluation.
Better to be in print form I think.
Yes, I'm still interested in math and I did learn a few things. I'll keep on going.
Thanks for a great book. I'm sorry I wasn't up to it.