Desire for Infinity

desir-infiniDésir d’Infini (Fayard, 2013/ Folio-Gallimard 2014).
Desire to Infinity (Fayard, 2013 / Folio-Gallimard 2014).
The concept of Infinity in its scientific and philosophical aspects.
Infinity is the largest issue that imagination can embrace. It has always fascinated man, whether artists, philosophers and scientists. But the infinite is he really manifest in physical reality, or is it just a concept of our imagination, as Aristotle thought?
Artists like Escher, writers like Borges tried to represent it, but Georg Cantor who firmly sits in the infinite landscape of mathematics and we unveils its strange and magical properties.
The universe is, par excellence, the place where the infinite is manifested. In an infinite universe, we would be faced with the paradox of the eternal return, that all of us possess an infinite number of doubles. Advances in physics in recent decades have given the word “infinite” a new meaning. It refers not only to our universe, but also to an infinite number of parallel universes, forming a vast and fantastic “multiverse”.
To these vertiginous subjects, Trinh Xuan Thuan brings his reflections with the light pedagogy, both scientific, philosophical and poetic that is customary and that made him the great success of The Secret Melody, Chaos and Harmony, and more recently, the Cosmos and the Lotus.