I am looking for biographical works about Georg Cantor's life.

All I have found right now are short encyclopedia-style articles that skim the important points of his life or works mainly focused on his mathematical contributions; ideally I want something more thorough that has a greater emphasis on his life in general rather than just his mathematical contributions. I came across this book, 'Georg Cantor: Leben, Werk und Wirkung' by Herbert Meschkowski, that seems to be what I'm looking for, but unfortunately I haven't found a copy yet.

I would prefer books, but any other references (papers, websites, etc.) that you'd think would be interesting or useful are very much appreciated.


As pointed out in the comments on Math Stack Exchange, Dauben's book is highly regarded. For reference, here's a link to the Dauben book review published in the Bulletin of the AMS.

  • $\begingroup$ @Eduardo M. - Dauben's book is the standard "intellectual biography". For German readers, see also: Walter Purkert & Hans Joachim Ilgauds, Georg Cantor: 1845–1918 (1985). $\endgroup$ – Mauro ALLEGRANZA May 28 '16 at 12:47

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