The stories of the mathematicians was interesting. Some very colorful characters
There is a shoe-horning of the material into a psuedo-spiritual concept of infinity in the kaballah. Infinity is mind-blowing enough without trying to fit it into a pre-existing concept. I don't think the the modern mathematicians were trying to explain the 'mathematics' in the Kaballah or vice versa. Fortunately that was a rhetorical tool and not the main subject of the book
Interested in the sciences and maths. But also enjoy YA fantasy.
The subject is fascinating and is written about with compassion and clarity.
I haven't found any others comparable yet in the audible library.
My favorite character in the reading was Cantor himself.
No. But I listen to it over and over with pure wonder.
It was a disappointment for me, although I think that your satisfaction might depend on your expectations. I was expecting this to be centered on the philosophical and mathematical problem of infinity but the bulk of it is about the people involved. There was still some interesting material for me but it was just too few and buried too deep within all the "filler" (for me of course, you might find the rest interesting). I had to force myself not to give up on it many times so it wasn't a pleasant experience.
Business Physicist and Astronomer
This was a disappointment. I expected an interesting story about a tortured soul solving a great mathematical mystery. It doesn't even get to the main character until about half way. Then you get a very confusing explanation of the mathematics and not much background on the concept.
I suppose if you are mathematics expert, it might be interesting but I found it a task to complete and regretted the expense of buying it.
I was expecting more personal history and less math but maybe the two can't be separated in this story. I had to quit listening to the book about half way through because I was so lost in the discussion of rational and irrational numbers, continuums, and so may other things I didn't have a clue about. The narrartor did a good job, however, considering the nature of the subject.
This was a very interesting story about a man and his mathematical journey's into infinity. Adds a real personal touch to mathematics. I found both the main charachters life, and the math concepts very intersting, even though I am not a mathmetician. Highly recommended.
covers the notions of infinity throughout history. for my personal taste, a little less content on Cantor's life would have been OK...
You need to have a degree in math to understand this. The other reviewers claimed that you didn't. I am very interested in math and science but have no training in either. This book was completely above my head, and I couldn't finish it. There is a tiny part about the Kabbalah, and that was fasinating.
I forgot something. I know some may feel my review is just nit picking, but as this book relates, mathematics is poetry. If it's read incorrectly it just simply spoils it, in an important way. Especially when the author mispronounces the MAIN CHARACTER's historical name. Well, I forgot something. The MAIN POINT of this book is something called aleph null. That's written as the hebrew letter with a "0" subscript. But the author pronounces this "aleph zero" about 200 times. That's just unforgiveably slopppy, to not know the proper way to describe the central point of the book you're paid to read.