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Everything and More: A Compact History of [Infinity Symbol] Hardcover – 13 Nov 2003

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 01 edition (13 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297645676
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297645672
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 3.1 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,503,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The tics and pleasures of his prose are all present and correct." (TIME OUT)

There aren't many books about mathematics that will have you laughing out loud, but this is one of them. It's a great read.... takes a novelists (and novel) look at infinity , has the maths and the history, as well as dry and very funny asides and - most impressive of all - the flair and the style to pull all of it together. (NEW SCIENTIST)

David Foster Wallace misses no opportunity away from the necessarily strict wording of mathematical argument for verbal play. (ADAM MARS JONES THE OBSERVER REVIEW)

Weirdly wonderful. (THE TELEGRAPH)

The 41-year-old Wallace is probably the most important novelist of his generation, and he has fans who will follow him even into differential equations. (BOSTON GLOBE)

"infinity is irresistible meat for the popularizer, and quite a few books in that vein have appeared over the years. Now, in Everything and More: A Compact History of 8 the celebrated author David Foster Wallace has set out to initiate readers into its mysteries. (THE NEW YORKER)

Wallace approaches his subject matter with a surprising degree of humor, genuine enthusiasm, and technical depth. (CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR)

Wallace does an admirable job unwinding what he calls "the Story of Infinity's overall dynamic, whereby certain paradoxes give rise to conceptual advances that can handle those original paradoxes but in turn give rise to new paradoxes, which then generate further conceptual advances, and so on." (SALON)

Less than a third the size of Infinite Jest, Everything and More sees the king of cross-purposes taking on the biggest, most dread-inducing paradox of all, with results as thrilling and maddening, as open-ended and self-devouring, as much of his fiction. (VILLAGE VOICE)

David Foster Wallace is a scarily smart writer (THE ONION)

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The best-selling author of Infinite Jest on the two-thousand-year-old quest to understand infinity.

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