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Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of the Mathematical by Eugenia Cheng

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About the book

Published by Profile Books

Even small children know there are infinitely many whole numbers – start counting and you'll never reach the end. But there are also infinitely many decimal numbers between zero and one. Are these two types of infinity the same? Are they larger or smaller than each other? Can we even talk about 'larger' and 'smaller' when we talk about infinity? In Beyond Infinity, musician, chef, and international maths sensation Eugenia Cheng answers all these questions (and more) by exploring the inner workings of infinity.

Wielding an armoury of inventive, intuitive metaphor, Cheng draws beginners and enthusiasts alike into the heart of this mysterious, powerful concept to reveal fundamental truths about mathematics, all the way from the infinitely large down to the infinitely small.

About the author

Eugenia Cheng, 40, is Honorary Fellow in Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield and Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Born in Hampshire in August 1976, she was educated at the University of Cambridge and did post-doctoral work at the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago and Nice. Since 2007, her YouTube lectures and videos have been viewed over a million times. A concert pianist, she also speaks French, English and Cantonese, and her mission in life is to rid the world of maths phobia. She is the author of How to Bake Pi and now lives in Chicago.

The judges said:

Beyond Infinity improves you as a person. It manages to maintain that tricky balance between explaining clearly whilst staying on an individual journey into numbers from an absolutely fresh perspective. The author’s winning combination of passion and delight in the subject makes it a very engaging introduction to a forbidding subject. A book you want to share.