A Brief History of Infinity: The Quest to Think the Unthinkable

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Infinity is a concept that fascinates everyone from a seven-year-old child to a maths professor. An exploration of the most mind-boggling feature of maths and physics, this work examines amazing paradoxes and looks at many features of this fascinating concept.

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Brian Clegg studied physics at Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has written a number of popular science books including A Brief History of Infinity, Light Years, The God Effect and Before the Big Bang.

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Here [Clegg] has done an excellent job of making the most complex concepts accessible while allowing their mystery to continue to shimmer just out of focus. --Kirkus Reviews

Clegg is immensely readable and manages to convey to a lay audience some of the key mathematical ideas concerning infinity... a success. --H. Geiges, Times Higher Education Supplement

An accessible and, of course, open-ended overview of infinity as conceived of and wrestled with by theologians, mathematicians and philosophers, from Ancient Greece onwards... endlessly fascinating. --Laurence Phelan, The Independent

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