
Beyond Infinity
 An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics
 Narrated by: Moira Quirk
 Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
 Unabridged Audiobook
 Release date: 032817
 Language: English
 Publisher: Hachette Audio
Regular price: $29.65
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Publisher's Summary
Imagine something small enough to fit in your head but too large to fit in the world  or even the universe. What would you call it? And what would it be? How about...infinity?
In Beyond Infinity, musician, chef, and mathematician Eugenia Cheng answers this question by taking listeners on a startling journey from math at its most elemental to its loftiest abstractions. Beginning with the classic thought experiment of Hilbert's hotel  the place where you can (almost) always find a room, if you don't mind being moved from room to room over the course of the night  she explores the wild and woolly world of the infinitely large and the infinitely small. Along the way she considers weighty questions like why some numbers are uncountable or why infinity plus one is not the same as one plus infinity. She finds insight in some unlikely examples: planning a dinner party for seven billion people using a chessboard, making a chickensandwich sandwich, and creating infinite cookies from a finite ball of dough all tell you more about math than you could have imagined.
An irresistible book on the universe's biggest possible topic, Beyond Infinity will beguile and bewitch you and show all of us how one little symbol  ∞  can hold the biggest idea of all.
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 Richard
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 042217
Overflowing With Needless Examples & Anecdotes
What did you like best about Beyond Infinity? What did you like least?
I liked the discussion of the development of calculus best. I deplored the author wasting my time by reciting all 375 digits in 200!, including the 49 zeros at the end. I also tired of the numerous needless examples to what small children think or do. The author often recited at least five elements of a sequence when three would have been sufficient. At least 90 minutes of this recording is needless fluff.
What other book might you compare Beyond Infinity to and why?
Is God A Mathematician by Livio due to its historical discussion of the development of mathematics.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Moira Quirk?
No.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Only if it were no more than two hours in length.
Any additional comments?
It is truly a shame that an author with such an insightful understanding of infinity found it necessary to swell the contents of her book with so much superfluous information.
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 Scott
 Santa Clara, CA, United States
 041317
Maybe for children, but not for me
Beyond Infinity features a lot of stories about the author, and several analogies regarding young children, but not a lot about infinity or mathematics.
The narration, while perky in the extreme, isn't so bad, but it's more appropriate for a young children's book. Actually, maybe that's exactly what this is—a book for young children.
The book is charming, but it's the mathematical ideas that I want access to, and this book is so cutesy that I'm going to return it.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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 Jonathan Small
 Los Altos, CA United States
 070318
Sad to get to the end
A really pleasant, thought provoking book. And such a pleasant narrator. (Only minor thing is there are figures in the physical book that would be nice reference in some way while listening.)
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 Anonymous User
 101918
good math too many personal stories
I think the first few chapters are the best because she talks a lot about how to solve thought problems dealing with infinity, but then as the book progress she likes to intertwine personal stories to help us relate but it's a serious distraction from the math that I came for.

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 Bonnie Jo Campbell
 Kalamazoo, MI USA
 082318
what's fun to investigate Infinity this way
this author is so much fun. I enjoyed this book almost as much as her other book about category Theory

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 Dr. Robert Puff
 Newport Beach, CA USA
 050518
Truly fabulous!
If you love math and/or have a deep curiosity about infinity, this book is for you. The author is an excellent story teller and brings infinity to life. I highly recommend.

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 ZoopMan!
 081217
Beyond Infinity
Eugenia Cheng is becoming one of my favorite authors. I first learned of Eugenia when I came across her other book, "How to Bake Pi". This book and "How to Bake Pi" are truly for those who enjoy maths.