• The Art of the Infinite

  • The Pleasures of Mathematics
  • By: Robert Kaplan, Ellen Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-05-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (7 ratings)

Summary

The Art of the Infinite takes infinity, in its countless guises, as a touchstone for understanding mathematical thinking. Robert and Ellen Kaplan guide us through the “Republic of Numbers,” where we meet both its upstanding citizens and its more shadowy dwellers; and transport us across the plane of geometry into the unlikely realm where parallel lines meet. The journey is enriched by deft character studies of great mathematicians (and equally colorful lesser ones). And as we go deeper into infinity, we explore the most profound mystery of mathematics: Are its principles eternal truths that we discover? Or ones that we invent?
©2003, 2014 Robert and Ellen Kaplan (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ergonet on 24-07-16

A comprehensible rendition on counting and infinity

Beautifully narrated and punctuated by quotes from all sort of esoteric sources. It delves into some moderately heavy geometry and number theory, perhaps needing the included visuals. If you are moderately mathematical you will enjoy - it is almost a form of mathematical poetry,
With some amusing descriptions of the mathematicians involved ..

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5 out of 5 stars
By NRivere on 15-03-17

A riveting view of some mathematics history

The most romantic and inspiring mathematical novel to inspire amateurs and pros alike. Beautifully crafted and narrated. Recommended only if you do have a mathematical curious mind, even if one with little training in the matter.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JapMerican on 24-01-15

Surprisingly pleased!

This was an audiobook that I had not expected to be in literary performance. However I was pleasantly surprised in the performance of the audiobook! It became quite a beautiful literary interpretation of all of mathematics.
Something unexpected occurs in chapter 6 of the Audible audiobook at the 7:40 section. You get to see the inner workings of the audiobook being performed by the narrator. Apparently a section of bloopers audio was not clipped out when it should have been. Still it was a great performance and I learned a lot.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Aran on 26-08-16

Great mathematics, amazing listen

Ray Chase gives superb narration to a sometimes challenging text. The story and explanations of classic results in mathematics are both poetic and illuminating. Immensely enjoyable! Some editing glitches however.

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