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there's also an excellent book by david foster wallace called "Everything and More - a compact history of infinity' it's highly readable without being dumbed down and quite amusing - amazing how much of DFW toher writings mesh with this book
Thanks, I'll look it up. I've been wanting to get a better grasp on infinity - in many ways!
While this is probably the best answer, is it really possible to live your entire life without knowing what nothing is? 0 is nothing, the mathematicians perhaps left zero out of their enscribings and texts as it is such a self evident concept.
Many concepts we think are evident & essential today did not exist in other periods. Here is a good summary history of zero: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=h... . We can see that the Greeks struggled for lack of the i