• 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
  • Release date: 05-09-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
  • 3.6 (25 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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By JapMerican on 01-24-15

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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By Aran on 08-26-16

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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By Ergonet on 07-24-16

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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By NRivere on 03-15-17

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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By Marita on 03-17-17

I finally gave up

What did you like best about The Art of the Infinite? What did you like least?

I really tried, but eventually, it just got too much. Loved the subject matter, but found it too hard to follow just by listening. I enjoyed just letting it wash over me, but despite loving mathematics, I didn't have enough behind me to be able to keep up without the material in front of me. Never mind. I certainly wouldn't denigrate the book, and since I didn't manage to finish it, I can hardly provide a comprehensive evaluation.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Better to be in print form I think.

Did The Art of the Infinite inspire you to do anything?

Yes, I'm still interested in math and I did learn a few things. I'll keep on going.

Any additional comments?

Thanks for a great book. I'm sorry I wasn't up to it.

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