
05230956
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2010f.00577
Heuser, Harro
Infinities. News from the Grand Canyon of spirit. (Unendlichkeiten. Nachrichten aus dem Grand Canyon des Geistes.)
Wiesbaden: Vieweg (ISBN 9783835101197/hbk). xii, 228~p. (2008).
2008
Wiesbaden: Vieweg
DE
E20
mathematics and the infinite
history of philosophy
paradoxes of the infinite
Georg Cantor
This extended essay offers a tour d'horizon through the numerous approaches toward the notion of the infinite that appeared since the times of the ancient Greeks, and leads up to the basic ideas of Cantor's achievements. The contexts are philosophical as well as theological, occasionally also mathematical. The form of the presentation, a sort of a welleducated cosy chat, an intelligent small talk, makes this smoothly readable text well suited not only for philosophically interested mathematicians, but also for the interested nonmathematician.
Siegfried J. Gottwald (Leipzig)