The Bride of the First House (bride) wrote,
The Bride of the First House

White Light, Rudy Rucker

I'm feeling so slugful and lethargic again. I don't want to do anything but read White Light (Rudy Rucker).

It's xinit's book that sedition borrow-stole and now I have it. It's a Mathematician's fantasy of Infinity (think Alice In Wonderland for Mathematicians). It's quite good, although it's more like a lighter, wackier Kafka piece than geeky mathy like I expected.

The protagonist is a young Math Professor, Felix Rayman, specializing in Set Theory. He's obsessed with Georg Cantor's Continuum Problem. Before his death, Cantor proved that the degree of infinity of all possible continua (c) was larger than the first degree of infinity, alef-null (the countably infinite). Rayman was obsessed with the problem of showing how much larger c is than alef-null and how c compares to alef-one (the next degree of infinity... can't remember if this was the uncountably infinite) as well as Absolute Infinity.

It's a fun and weird book, great for light reading.

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