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 pp
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.

Neal Stephenson provided an "Introduction" to a reissued paperback edition (2010), which Stephenson 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.