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  • Hardcover: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (24 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1107058317
  • ISBN-13: 978-1107058316
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.7 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,180,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Few mathematical results capture the imagination like Georg Cantor's theory of infinity. Bridging the gap between technical accounts of mathematical foundations and popular accounts of logic, this book conveys to the novice the big ideas in the rigorous mathematical theory of infinite sets.

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Barnaby Sheppard is a freelance writer. He has previously held positions at Lancaster University, the University of Durham and University College Dublin.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Wright on 12 Sept. 2014
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Absolutely superb as an introduction to the math and philosophical problems of coming to grips with the infinite. Genuinely self-contained, inviting some hard thought on the reader's part. A book I'd intended to write but he got there first - fair enough! Anyhow, his is probably better!
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The Logic of Infinity is a fine presentation of some of the concepts and methods "that ... 18 Dec. 2014
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The Logic of Infinity is a fine presentation of some of the concepts and methods "that lie at the logical foundations of mathematics, including the rigorous notions of infinity born in the ground-breaking work of Cantor", as stated in the introductory pages of the book. This book belongs to that class of publications - increasingly more abundant to the English-speaking audiences- aimed at conveying to audiences not formally trained as a mathematicians but relying on distinct branches of the discipline for their studies, work, or intellectual concerns, some of the immense and rich development of what one may well term modern mathematics. The contemporary fate of continuous specialization within fields and sub-fields of knowledge, is often disadvantageous to fruitful cross-breeding learning from one realm of knowledge to another. The Logic of Infinity is one of those pedagogical works that help to engage a non-mathematician like myself into axiomatic set theory without excessive mathematical language and unprincipled symbol manipulation.

It is often said that a book is in essence a vivid conversation with its author (and may I add with several other minds brought into the scene by both author and reader). I am particularly thankful to the author for the "conversations" "we" have so far entertained and to the doors opened to further readings on this and affine topics.
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