# Everything And More David Foster Wallace Pdf

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- Infinite Jest at 20: 20 things you need to know
- Room for One More
- Everything And More A Compact History Of Infinity

*Everything and more : a compact history of infinity I David Foster Wallace. ISBN 1.*

## Infinite Jest at 20: 20 things you need to know

This comes from the middle part of the book, after a discussion of Fourier series, in one of the " I f Y ou're I nterested" digressions from the main discussion:. IYI There was a similar problem involving Fourier Integrals about which all we have to know is that they're special kinds of 'closed-form' solutions to partial differential equations which, again, Fourier claims work for any arbitrary functions and which do indeed seem to-- work, that is-- being especially good for physics problems.

But neither Fourier nor anyone else in the early s can prove that Fourier Integrals work for all f x 's, in part because there's still deep confusion in math about how to define the integral II, specifically as those problems pertain to Fourier Series.

That's the book in a nutshell. It's a breathless survey of several thousand years of mathematical history, replete with footnotes, asides, and quirky little abbreviations " Q. The quoted paragraph is admittedly an extreme example, but if that style makes you want to run screaming, don't pick this book up. On the other hand, if it makes you say, "Hmmmm That's a unique approach to a math text The book or "booklet," as he refers to it throughout, which I suppose he's entitled to do, as he's best known as a writer of thousand-page novels is a really interesting stylistic exercise.

There are even little asides containing phrases like "if we haven't already mentioned it, this would be a good place to note that The other fascinating thing about it, for a popular science work, is just how much it focusses on the math.

There's a three-page or so biographical interlude about Georg Cantor , and there are a smattering of references to the more melodramatic aspect's of Cantor's career, but those remain firmly in the background.

This is in stark contrast Richard Reeves's book on Rutherford , part of the same Great Discoveries series of books, in which the scientific aspects are subordinate to the biography. This is a very math-y book, and quite daunting in some places. If you can handle Wallace's writing style, though personally, I love it , the math shouldn't be too much of a challenge.

And the discussion of the math of the infinite is really outstanding. This isn't a book that will suit all tastes-- far from it-- but if you've read and liked other things by Wallace, it's worth a read.

You'll never look at pure math the same way again. I'll have to read that book. I bailed out on "Infinite Jest" about halfway through; just too randomly discursive for me, but I love Wallace's shorter works, the articles and essays, etc. He was a brilliant writer.

It's the sort of thing that makes you want to say, "Why can't more science writers write like that instead of being all sensationally biographical or dryly technical?

I figured I'd check out some more of his essays, and some short stories before attempting to scale Infinite Jest, but I think I'll have to read Everything and More before Infinite Jest, it sound completely up my street plus, Infinite Jest scares me, so I'm trying to put it off.

Everything and More is easily the best pop-math book I've ever read, and one of the best pop science books in general. It's certainly one of my favorites of any book. I really can't recommend it highly enough. I enjoy Wallace's writing, and I applaud the ambition it took to attempt Everything and More. Sadly, there's a lot of wrong math and probably "not even wrong" math in it. There's good stuff, too.

One can be stimulated by this book and probably learn some things I heard that a lot of it was wrong, and I recall that it came out at the same time as another book about infinity that wasn't full of math errors and got much better reviews. I guess that just means that there's still one more DFW book I haven't read!

I'll just try to treat it as a work of quasi-fiction. My opinion of it is quite the opposite: it's by far the worst piece of science writing I've ever seen. It's full of serious mathematical errors not just minor technical goofs, but places where the entire argument is simply nonsense and serious historical errors. The review by Harris that EJ mentioned discusses some of these errors. DFW also just didn't know much about the subject: even when what he's saying is mathematically correct, it's often a really roundabout or confusing way of explaining it.

It can be fun to read for those who like his style , but as popular math writing it's basically a failure.

I don't think that's fair at all. The only really serious error is his confusion over just what the continuum hypothesis actually says. Other than that the book gets its points home in style and without errors which are likely to seriously mislead. I agree that the business about the continuum hypothesis is the most serious error he repeatedly states it in a way that is totally incorrect and furthermore directly contradicts results explained elsewhere in the book.

However, there are lots of others. I don't have my copy of the book handy, but here's a quote from Harris's review:.

This is total gibberish, and it makes me wonder what sort of editing the book went through. Did any logician see the text before it was published? I understand how hard it is to get all the subtle mistakes out of a manuscript, but there's no excuse for writing nonsense. Of course, Stephen Wolfram is a leader of the folks who believe just that. By drorzel on October 5, This comes from the middle part of the book, after a discussion of Fourier series, in one of the " I f Y ou're I nterested" digressions from the main discussion: IYI There was a similar problem involving Fourier Integrals about which all we have to know is that they're special kinds of 'closed-form' solutions to partial differential equations which, again, Fourier claims work for any arbitrary functions and which do indeed seem to-- work, that is-- being especially good for physics problems.

There's a little footnote just before the closing parenthesis, which reads: There's really nothing to be done about the preceding sentence except apologize. More like this.

## Room for One More

Most of the action of the novel takes place in the Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment [Depend is a real brand of adult nappies]. Incandenza himself died when he killed himself by putting his head in a microwave oven. Gately was based on a man Wallace met in recovery called Big Craig, who also did the elevator-door thing. A lot of people at these Open Meetings spoke with me and were extremely patient and garrulous and generous and helpful. The best way I can think of to show my appreciations to these men and women is to decline to thank them by name. His game peaked early in high school, however, and his habit of overthinking every shot slowed him down.

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## Everything And More A Compact History Of Infinity

This is a standard requirement of US commencement speeches, the deployment of didactic little parable-ish stories. I am not the wise old fish. The point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about. Stated as an English sentence, of course, this is just a banal platitude, but the fact is that in the day to day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have a life or death importance, or so I wish to suggest to you on this dry and lovely morning.

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FOR an inaugural volume in a series called Great Discoveries, this book has an unlikely topic. Most people would place infinity a long way behind gunpowder, printing and penicillin on their list of breakthroughs that changed the world. Indeed, it is debatable whether infinity even qualifies as a candidate in this competition, given that there are serious doubts about whether it really exists. Ever since antiquity, mathematicians and philosophers have harbored major suspicions about infinity, and while much of modern mathematics can't do without it, these underlying qualms have never been entirely dispelled. If infinity is an unlikely topic, David Foster Wallace is an even more unlikely author. This high-octane new-generation novelist is scarcely a conventional science writer.

This comes from the middle part of the book, after a discussion of Fourier series, in one of the " I f Y ou're I nterested" digressions from the main discussion:. IYI There was a similar problem involving Fourier Integrals about which all we have to know is that they're special kinds of 'closed-form' solutions to partial differential equations which, again, Fourier claims work for any arbitrary functions and which do indeed seem to-- work, that is-- being especially good for physics problems. But neither Fourier nor anyone else in the early s can prove that Fourier Integrals work for all f x 's, in part because there's still deep confusion in math about how to define the integral II, specifically as those problems pertain to Fourier Series. That's the book in a nutshell.

Google crawlers eventually found it, and it became the top hit when you searched for the title — but with no attribution for DFW or the publisher, whose intellectual property I have zero right to. If anyone with the publishing company would like me to take this down, please let me know. This story is the first thing I ever read of his.

Интересно, увидит ли пилот лирджета, что он подъезжает. Есть ли у него оружие. Откроет ли он вовремя дверцу кабины. Но, приблизившись к освещенному пространству открытого ангара, Беккер понял, что его вопросы лишены всякого смысла.

Мидж, послушай. - Он засмеялся. - Попрыгунчик - древняя история. Стратмор дал маху. Но надо идти вперед, а не оглядываться все время .

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