To Infinity and Beyond

Eli Maor

“Infinity, as it relates to mathematics and art, is examined in the book To Infinity and Beyond. Eli Maor investigates the function of infinity and its cultural effects on the humanities and sciences. From the “horror Infiniti” of the Greeks to the works of M. C. Escher; from the ornamental designs of the Muslims to the sage Giordano Bruno, whose belief in an infinite universe led to his death at the hands of the Inquisition, he invokes the profound intellectual influence the infinite has exercised on the human mind. The book mostly discusses the mathematician’s obsession with infinity, which is a combination of intrigue and perplexity.