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Infinite Confusion

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Science  16 Jan 2004:
Vol. 303, Issue 5656, pp. 313-314
DOI: 10.1126/science.1094278

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Everything and More A Compact History of ∞. by David Foster Wallace. Norton, New York, 2003. 331 pp. $23.95, C$36. ISBN 0-393-00338-8. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 2003. £14.99. ISBN 0-297-64567-6.

With his characteristic wild style, Wallace presents an account of our attempts to understand infinity. In particular, he hopes to lead readers to an appreciation for the accomplishments of Georg Cantor.