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"From here to infinity: Germs, math, and the beauty of discovery": A review of Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity, by David Foster Wallace. Reviewed by Anthony Doerr. Boston Sunday Globe, 19 October 2003.

The reviewer describes David Foster Wallace's new book, Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity, as "marvelous." The book addresses the question What is Infinity? and describes the work of Georg Cantor. Doerr considers the book "in nearly every way, a gift. It's a thoughtful and witty 300-page testimonial to the qualities I never fully understood that mathematics possessed: math is astonishing and full of "shadowlands," and---ultimately---stunning beauty."

--- Annette Emerson