Caramel has been reading a very colorful math book recently. Below he talks about what he thinks about this book, Life on the Infinite Farm by Richard Evan Schwartz. As usual Sprinkles is taking notes and asking followup questions.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, what is this book about?
Caramel: It’s about infinite stuff. There are infinite animals.
S: Do you mean to say there are infinitely many animals?
C: No. I mean there are animals with infinitely many things, like infinitely many feet. There is a cow with infinitely many feet, and she loves shoes! There’s also an infinite sheep, and an infinite donkey, and an infinite gopher. Oh and there’s an infinite shark named Nelson. Guess what he can do?
S: Hmm, I don’t know. What can Nelson do?
C: He has infinitely many teeth. And wait, I’ll find it.
“Nelson is a shark whose head extends in both directions. [His] head can swing open like a door in some places.”
Isn’t it kind of creepy Sprinkles?
S: Hmm, yes, kind of. But it also looks like he’s smiling, friendly like. No?
C: I’m not so sure. Anyway in this farm chickens have teeth too!
S: Interesting! So what else happens in this farm?
C: There is a pond and a crater and these are infinite from the inside but look finite from the outside. They are “enclosed infinite spaces”. Whatever that means.
S: It is kind of confusing, isn’t it?
S: Yes infinity is a confusing concept. But it is also a fascinating one. There are so many strange things happening in this farm, right? Don’t you find them fascinating?
C: Yes. I keep finding new parts of the book to read.
S: Yes, this is not a short book. And it is not quite a book to be read in one sitting, is it?
C: No, not always.
S: How do you read it then?
C: I pick it up every now and then, and read a few pages. I find new and strange things every time. But once in a while I do read the whole book. And then I read it again some other time.
S: So you have read the whole book?
S: So how does it end? What happens in the end?
C: In the end the book answers the question:
“Can we VISIT the infinite farm?”
S: So can we? Can we visit it?
C: Anybody can. But they have to read the book to visit it. The farm is the book.
S: And you might find more of it in other geometry books, perhaps?
S: Would you like to live in the infinite farm?
S: Why not?
C: Because I’m fine being finite.
S: But are you really finite Caramel? You have a big imagination, don’t you?
C: Yes, my imagination goes on forever.
S: That’s some kind of infinity too, no?
C: Yep I suppose so.
S: Do you think this is a good place to end our review?
C: Yes! Let me say my last words as usual: Stay tuned for more reviews from the Book Bunnies!