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Infinite Book A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless

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ISBN-10: 1400032245

ISBN-13: 9781400032242

Edition: N/A

Authors: John D. Barrow

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An examination of Infinity — in history and science — with excursions into literature, philosophy and religion, written by one of the most successful writers of popular science. Infinity is surely the strangest idea that humans have ever thought. Where did it come from and what is it telling us about our Universe? Can there actually be infinities? Or is infinity just a label for something that is never reached, no matter how long you go on counting? Can you do an infinite number of things in a finite amount of time? Is the universe infinite? But infinity is also the place where things happen that don’t. All manner of strange paradoxes and fantasies characterize an infinite universe. So…    
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List price: $18.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

John D. Barrow is a scientist who writes accessibly about astrophysics and cosmology for both the general reader and the expert. Born in 1952, in London, England, Barrow earned a B.S. degree with first-class honors from the University of Durham in 1974. Three years later he received his doctorate from Magdalen College, Oxford. He was a junior research lecturer in astrophysics at Oxford University from 1977 to 1980 and became a lecturer in astronomy at the University of Sussex in Brighton in 1981. With coauthor Joseph Silk, Barrow published The Left Hand of Creation: The Origin and Evolution of the Expanding Universe in 1983. The book, which explains particle physics and its application to…    

Preface
Much Ado about Everything
The Rough Guide to Infinity
Intimations of the Infinite
Zeno Hour
Infinity, Almost and Actual, Fictitious and Factual
Darkness at Noon
A Purely Aristotelian Relationship
Infinity and God
A Little Kant
Welcome to the Hotel Infinity
Hotels
Experiences of the Hotel Infinity
The Hotel Infinity's Accounts
Infinity Is Not a Big Number
An Immaculate Misconception
Albert of Saxony's Paradox
Galileo's Paradox
Cadmus and Harmonia
Terminator 0, 1/2, and 1
Countable Infinities
Uncountable Infinities
The Towering Infinito
Madness of Georg Cantor
Cantor and Son
The Chronicle of Kronecker
Cantor, God, and infinity - the Trinity with Affinity
All's Sad that Ends Bad
Infinity Comes in Three Flavours
Triple Top
Let's Get Physical
Naked Infinities
The Great Blue Yonder
Infinity on the Back Foot
Is the Universe Infinite?
Everything That Is
Cosmology Goes Underground
Bent Universes
The Problem of Topology
The Problem of Uniformity
The Problem of Acceleration
Where Does This Leave Us?
The Shining
The Infinite Replication Paradox
A Universe Where Nothing Is Original
The Great Escape
The Temporal Version - Been There, Done That
The Never-ending Story
The Ethics of the Infinite
Worlds Without End
Other Worlds in History
Out of This World
Inflation - Here, There, and Everywhere
Conscious Interventions - Men in Black
Simulated Universes
How Should We Then Live?
Making Infinity Machines
Super-tasks
Rubbing Thomson's Lamp
Some Norse Code
The End-game Problem
Relativity and the Amazing Shrinking Man
A Matter of Timing
Newtonian Super-tasks
Relativistic Super-tasks
Big Bangs and Big Crunches
Living Forever
Childhood's End
The Sociology of Eternity
The Problem-Page of the Unending Future
The Strange, Familiar, and Forgotten
Incestuous Time Travel
The Grandmother Paradox
Consistent Histories
Tourists From the Future
Time Travellers in the Financial World: Perpetual Money Machines
Why You Can't Change the Past
Infinity - Where Will It All End?
Notes
Index