Saturday, January 02, 2021

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

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

The Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity by Amir D. Aczel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very interesting read - intriguing glimpses into the lives of mathematicians, some rather inaccessible (but expected) maths, and some hauntingly mindblowing aspects that hint at the nature of "infinity" to exist at the curled edges of our own consciousness, for something to exist outside of what we can humanly conceive of. That's slightly nuts, TBH.

Would suit anyone with an interest in the weirder side of numbers and philosophy - maths background helps, but this isn't about formulae as much as how human concepts get turned into explanations. The 'battle' between real numbers and continuous number lines, for example, is one which is something that most kids will happily puzzle away at.

I will probably list this for sending/swaps, so let me know if you're interested in it.

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