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Ed Miracle - I Told You SoBut there is attraction in forbidden knowledge, as in the edge      
 of the abyss. Where the footstep cannot tread, the      
 eye may reach; where the eye can      
penetrate no further,     
the mind may      

V. Hugo, Toilers of the Sea      


The inspirations for Falling from Infinity are many. Here is an ever-growing list of references shaping the course; it is organized broadly by topic. Recommendations are welcome.

Course Packet contents


Aczel, Amir D. The Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 2000.

Barrow, John D. The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless. New York: Vintage Books, 2005.

Clegg, Brian. Infinity: The Quest to Think the Unthinkable. 1st Carroll & Graf ed. New York: Carroll & Graf, 2003.

Gamow, George. One, Two, Three Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science. New York: Dover, 1947.

Hemmings, Ray and Dick Tahta. Images of Infinity. Leapfrogs, 1884.

Maor, Eli. To Infinity and Beyond: A Cultural History of the Infinite. Boston: Birkhäuser, 1987.

Oppy, Graham. Philosophical Perspectives on Infinity. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Peterson, Ivars. Fragments of Infinity: A Kaleidoscope of Math and Art. New York: Wiley, 2001.

Rucker, Rudy. Infinity and the Mind: The Science and Philsophy of the Infinite. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995.

Wallace, David Foster. Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity. New York: Atlas Books, 2003.


Barrow, John D. The book of nothing: vacuums, voids, and the latest Ideas about the origins of the universe. New York: Vintage Books, 2000.

Kaplan, Robert. The Nothing That Is: A Natural History of Zero. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Seife, Charles. Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea. New York: Viking, 2000.


Clawson, Calvin C. Mathematical Mysteries: The Beauty and Magic of Numbers. New York: Plenum Press, 1996.

Clawson, Calvin C. Mathematical Sorcery: Revelaing the Secrets of Numbers. New York: Basic Books, 1999.

Dantzig, Tobias. Number: The Language of Science. Ed. Joseph Mazur. New York: Plume, 2007.

Kaplan, Robert and Ellen Kaplan. The Art of the Infinite: The Pleasures of Mathematics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.


Hawking, S. W. The Illustrated a Brief History of Time. Updated and expanded ed. New York: Bantam Books, 1996.


Erickson, Kathleen Powers. At Eternity's Gate: The Spiritual Vision of Vincent Van Gogh. Grand Rapids, Mich: W.B. Eerdmans, 1998.

Works from:
Salvador Dali
Alexandre Duret-Lutz
M.C. Escher
Caspar David Friedrich
Rob Gonsalves
Victor Hugo
Damien M. Jones
Ed Miracle
Jackson Pollack
Judith K. Townsend
Vincent van Gogh




Adams, Douglas. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. New York: Ballantine Books, 2002.

Borges, Jorge Luis, “The Aleph,” The Aleph and Other Stories, 1933-1969, Together with Commentaries and an Autobiographical Essay. Ed. Norman Thomas di Giovanni. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1970.

      ———. The Book of Sand and Shakespeare’s Memory. New York: Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1998.
   • “The Disk”
   • “The Book of Sand”

      ———. Ficciones. Ed. Anthony Kerrigan. New York: Grove Press, 1962.
   • “The Library of Babel”
   • “Garden of Forking Paths”
   • “Funes, the Memorius”

Enzensberger, Hans Magnus. The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure. Translated by Michael Henry Heim. New York: Henry Hlt & Company, 1998.

Hugo, Victor. Les Misérables. New York: Modern Library, 1992.

Hugo, Victor and Isabel Florence Hapgood. The Toilers of the Sea. New York: Heritage Press, 1961.

Joyce, James. “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners. New York: Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004.

Juster, Norton and Jules Feiffer. The Phantom Tollbooth. New York: Epstein & Carroll; distributed by Random House, 1961.

Lightman, Alan P. Einstein's Dreams. 1st ed. New York: Pantheon Books, 1993.

Millhauser, Steven. Dangerous Laughter: Thirteen Stories. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008.

Pascal, Blaise. Pensées and Other Writings. Translated by Honor Levi. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Rucker, Rudy. White Light. New York: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1980.

St. Augustine. “Confessions,” Classics of Western Philosophy, 6th Ed. Ed. Steven M. Cahn. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2002. 353-365.

von Kleist, Heinrich. “On the Puppet Theater,” An Abyss Deep Enough. Ed. Philip B. Miller. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1982. 211-216.

Misc. Non-Fiction

Bloch, William Goldbloom. The Unimaginable Mathematics of Borges' Library of Babel. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Hofstadter, Douglas R. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. New York: Basic Books, 1979.


Works from:
Billy Collins
Mark Jarmin
Louise Gluck
Giacomo Leopardi
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Archibald MacLeish
Andrew Marvell
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Mark Strand


Cosmic Voyage. Director: Bayley Silleck.

Dangerous Knowledge. Director: David Malone.

The Fantastic World of M.C. Escher. Acorn Media.

Fractals: The Colors of Infinity. Newbridge Communications.

Hotel Infinity. Director: Amanda Boyle

Powers of 10. Director: Charles Eames.