Everything and More (book)

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Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity
Everything and More cover.jpg
First Edition hardcover
Author David Foster Wallace
Country United States
Language English
Genre Mathematics
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Publication date
October 2003
Media type Print (hardback, paperback)
Pages 336
Preceded by Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
Followed by Oblivion

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity is a book by American novelist and essayist David Foster Wallace that examines the history of infinity, focusing primarily on the work of Georg Cantor, the 19th-century German mathematician who created set theory. The book is part of the W. W. Norton "Great Discoveries" series.

The introduction was written by Neal Stephenson and was reprinted in his collection Some Remarks : Essays and Other Writing.

Reviewers including Rudy Rucker,[1] A.W. Moore[2] and Michael Harris[3] have criticized its style and mathematical content.


  1. ^ Rudy Rucker, "Infinite Confusion." Science 303.5656 (2004), 313–314. (full pdf-text)
  2. ^ Moore, A.W. (December 18, 2008). "How to Catch a Tortoise". London Review of Books. pp. 27–28. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Michael Harris, "A Sometimes Funny Book Supposedly about Infinity: A Review of Everything and More." Notices of the AMS 51.6 (2004), 632–638. (full pdf-text)
  • Iannis Goerlandt and Luc Herman, "David Foster Wallace." Post-war Literatures in English: A Lexicon of Contemporary Authors 56 (2004), esp. 12–14.