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  • Published: 1 February 2006
  • ISBN: 9780099443728
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

The Infinite Book

A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless




Everything you might want to know about infinity - in history and all the way to today's cutting-edge science.

'A delight. Popular science doesn't come much better than this' Independent

Everything you might want to know about infinity - in history and all the way to today's cutting-edge science.

Infinity is surely the strangest idea that humans have ever had. Where did it come from and what is it telling us about our Universe? Can there actually be infinities? Can you do an infinite number of things in a finite amount of time? Is the Universe infinite?


Infinity is also the place where things happen that don't. What is it like to live in a Universe where nothing is original, where you can live forever, where anything that can be done, is done, over and over again?


These are some of the deep questions that the idea of the infinite pushes us to ask. Throughout history, the infinite has been a dangerous concept. Many have lost their lives, their careers, or their freedom for talking about it.

The Infinite Book will take you on a tour of these dangerous questions and the strange answers that scientists, mathematicians, philosophers and theologians have come up with to deal with its threats to our sanity.

  • Published: 1 February 2006
  • ISBN: 9780099443728
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

John D. Barrow

John D. Barrow is Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University, Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and formerly Professor of both Geometry and Astronomy at Gresham College, London. His previous books include The Book of Nothing, The Constants of Nature, The Infinite Book, Cosmic Imagery, the bestselling 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know, The Book of Universes, and, most recently, 100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Sport.

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Praise for The Infinite Book

If you enjoy a good intellectual wrestle, this book is for you

Daily Mail

Science writing at its best. A cutting-edge scientist and a proven writer tackles a subject of infinite fascination. As page-turning as a detective story

Good Book Guide

Barrow brings his charm and wit to provide an account that is highly engaging

Nature

A delight. Popular science doesn't come much better than this

Independent

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