Mystery of the Aleph by Amir D. Aczel audiobook

Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity

By Amir D. Aczel
Read by Henry Leyva

Random House Audio
5.38 Hours Abridged
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    ISBN: 9780739300039

From the end of the 19th century until his death, one of history's most brilliant mathematicians languished in an asylum. The Mystery of the Aleph tells the story of Georg Cantor (1845-1918), a Russian-born German who created set theory, the concept of infinite numbers, and the "continuum hypothesis," which challenged the very foundations of mathematics. His ideas brought expected denunciation from established corners - he was called a "corruptor of youth" not only for his work in mathematics, but for his larger attempts to meld spirituality and science.

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From the end of the 19th century until his death, one of history's most brilliant mathematicians languished in an asylum. The Mystery of the Aleph tells the story of Georg Cantor (1845-1918), a Russian-born German who created set theory, the concept of infinite numbers, and the "continuum hypothesis," which challenged the very foundations of mathematics. His ideas brought expected denunciation from established corners - he was called a "corruptor of youth" not only for his work in mathematics, but for his larger attempts to meld spirituality and science.

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Editorial Reviews

“Aczel’s compact and fascinating work of mathematical popularization uses the life and work of the German mathematician Georg Cantor (1845–1918) to describe the history of infinity—of human thought about boundlessly large numbers, sequences, and sets.” Publishers Weekly
“Aczel provides a good history leading up to and past Cantor’s work…A brief history of the Kabbalah and highlights of some of its concepts help…[listeners] understand Cantor’s work. The author writes cleanly and clearly on a complex subject, and…[listeners] don’t have to be good at math to enjoy this book. It’s perfect for analytically minded students who love to ponder big questions. Those who enjoyed the popular cosmology books by Stephen Hawking are likely to devour this one as well.” School Library Journal

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Author Bio: Amir D. Aczel

Author Bio: Amir D. Aczel

Amir Aczel (1950–2015) earned his PhD in mathematics from UC Berkeley and is the author of the acclaimed Fermat’s Last Theorum, which was published in twenty-two languages. In 2012 he was awarded a Sloan Foundation grant; in 2004 he was awarded the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. From 2005 to 2007, Aczel was a visiting scholar at Harvard. He was also a research fellow in the history of science at Boston University. He wrote for Discover magazine online, regularly published in Scientific American as well as science pieces for the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He often interviewed about science on radio and television, including recent appearances on NPR’s Talk of the Nation’s Science Friday.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 5.38
Audience: Adult
Language: English