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The Mystery of the Aleph

Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity

By Amir D. Aczel

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Format: Paperback, 274 pages, New edition Edition
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 September 2001
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.

About the Author

Amir D. Aczel, Ph.d, is the author of FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM, GOD'S EQUATION, EINSTEIN'S RELATIVITY AND THE EXPANDING UNIVERSE and several other books. His work has been translated into Turkish, Hebrew, French, German, Italian, Chinese and Spanish. An internationally known mathemacian, he lives in Waltham Massachusetts.

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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."

EAN: 9780743422994
ISBN: 0743422996
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.5 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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