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good stuff but...
i enjoyed reading this, every chapter opened some insightful "angle" on the topic being discussed. But the first and last chapter (on numbers and infinite sets respectively) stopped short, very short, of making the distinction between Algebraic and Transcendental numbers (collectively the irrational numbers) which to me was disappointing. In the first chapter there is simply the mention of irrational numbers, in the last simply the acknowledgement that there are uncountable sets larger than the infinite set of counting numbers (i.e. integers in effect). I wish he'd dug a little deeper into the nature of Transcendental numbers without which there is neither continuity nor any measure to the continuum. Good book though, lots of good stuff and some passages which are quite illuminating, would watch to see if he writes another book of this sort because he seems to know the math, is able to present it in a refreshing way and there's certainly more math to write about.