Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts, als Georg Cantor in Halle die Mengenlehre entwickelte, korrespondierte der Mathematiker lebhaft mit zahlreichen französischen Fachkollegen. Diese Briefe nimmt die Autorin zur Grundlage, um im aspect zu beschreiben, wie die Briefpartner um mathematische Begriffe gerungen haben. Eingebettet in den historischen Kontext wird so ein faszinierender second in der Geschichte der Mathematik wieder lebendig.
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