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The Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity Paperback – 1 Sep 2001

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; New edition edition (1 Sept. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743422996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743422994
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 866,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An engaging, pellucid explanation of the mathematical understanding of infinity, enlivened by a historical gloss on the age-old affinities between religious and secular conceptions of the infinite."

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A compelling narrative that blends a story of infinity with the tagic tale of a tormented and brilliant mathematician. From the end of the ninteenth century until his death, one of history's greatest mathematicians languished in an asylum, driven mad by an almost Faustian thirst for universal knowledge. THE MYSTERY OF THE ALEPH tells the story of Georg Cantor (1845-1918), a Russian born German whose work on the 'continuum problem' would bring us closer than any mathemetician before him in helping us to comprehend the nature of infinity. A respected mathematician himself, Dr. Aczel follows Cantor's life and traces the roots of his enigmatic theories. From the Pythagoreans, the Greek cult of mathematics, to the mystical Jewish numerology found in the Kabbalah, THE MYSTERY OF THE ALEPH follows the search for an answer that may never truly be trusted.

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A. Aurelius
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat introduction to mathematical infinity and Cantor's works
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4.0 out of 5 stars... mathematics and the development of functions leading to a better understanding of infinity
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5.0 out of 5 starsengaging story of Cantor and his problems
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