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At the end of the 19th century, Georg Cantor enlarged the mathematical study of infinity by studying infinite sets and infinite numbers Dale Una Oportunidad A La Paz (Give Peace A Chance) - John Lennon - The John Lennon Collection, showing that they can be of various sizes.
Thus the mathematical concept of infinity refines and extends the old philosophical concept, in particular by introducing infinitely many different sizes of infinite sets. Among the axioms of SE - Do As Infinity - Do As Infinity -Final- set theoryon which most of modern mathematics can be developed, is the axiom of infinitywhich guarantees the existence of infinite sets.
The mathematical concept of infinity and the manipulation of infinite sets are used everywhere in mathematics, even in areas such as combinatorics that may seem to have nothing to do with them. For example, Wiles's proof of Fermat's Last Theorem implicitly relies on the existence of very large infinite sets  for solving a long-standing problem that is stated in terms of elementary arithmetic. Ancient cultures had various ideas about the nature of infinity.
The ancient Indians and Greeks did not define infinity in precise formalism as does modern mathematics, and instead approached infinity as a philosophical concept. The earliest recorded idea of infinity may be that of Anaximander c. He used the word Theres A Lull In My Life - Anita ODay - The Complete Anita ODay Verve-Clef Sessionswhich means "unbounded", "indefinite", and perhaps can be translated as "infinite".
Aristotle BC distinguished potential infinity from actual infinitywhich he regarded as impossible due to the various paradoxes it seemed to produce. Other translators, however, prefer the translation "the two straight lines, if produced indefinitely Finally, it has been maintained that a reflection on infinity, far from eliciting a "horror of the infinite", underlay all of early SE - Do As Infinity - Do As Infinity -Final- philosophy and that Aristotle's "potential infinity" is an aberration from the general trend of this period.
Zeno of Elea c. Nevertheless, his paradoxes,  especially "Achilles and the Tortoise", were important contributions in that they made clear the inadequacy of popular conceptions.
The paradoxes were described by Bertrand Russell as "immeasurably subtle and profound". Achilles races a tortoise, giving the latter a head start. Apparently, Achilles never overtakes the tortoise, since however many steps he completes, the tortoise remains ahead of him.
Zeno was not attempting to make a point about infinity. As a member of the Eleatic school which regarded motion as an illusion, he saw it as a mistake SE - Do As Infinity - Do As Infinity -Final- suppose that Achilles could run at all. Subsequent thinkers, finding this solution unacceptable, struggled for over two millennia to find other weaknesses in the argument. Suppose that SE - Do As Infinity - Do As Infinity -Final- is running at 10 meters per second, the tortoise is walking at 0.
Achilles does overtake the tortoise; it takes him. The Jain mathematical text Surya Prajnapti c. Each of these was further subdivided into three orders: . In the 17th century, European mathematicians started using infinite numbers and infinite expressions in a systematic fashion. InIsaac Newton wrote about equations with an infinite number of terms in his work De analysi per aequationes numero terminorum infinitas.
Hermann Weyl opened a mathematico-philosophic address given in with: . It was introduced in by John Wallis  and since its introduction, it has also been used outside mathematics in modern mysticism  and literary symbology.
Leibnizone of the co-inventors of infinitesimal calculusspeculated widely about infinite numbers and their use in mathematics.
To Leibniz, both infinitesimals and infinite quantities were ideal entities, not of the same nature as appreciable quantities, but enjoying the same properties in accordance with the Law of Continuity.
Infinity can also be used to describe infinite seriesas follows:. In Acid Rain - Chance The Rapper - Acid Rap to defining a limit, infinity can be also used as a value in the extended real number system. Adding algebraic properties to this gives us the extended real numbers.
Arithmetic operations similar to those given above for the extended real numbers can also be defined, though there is no distinction in the signs which leads to the one exception that infinity cannot be added to itself. The domain of a complex-valued function may be extended to include the point at infinity as well. The original formulation of infinitesimal calculus by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz used infinitesimal quantities.
In the 20th century, it was shown that this treatment could be put on a rigorous footing through various logical systemsincluding smooth infinitesimal analysis and nonstandard analysis. In the latter, infinitesimals are invertible, and their inverses are infinite numbers. The infinities in this sense are part of a hyperreal field ; there is no equivalence between them as with the Cantorian transfinites. This approach to non-standard calculus is fully developed in Keisler A different form of "infinity" are the ordinal and cardinal infinities of set theory—a system of transfinite numbers first developed by SE - Do As Infinity - Do As Infinity -Final- Cantor.
This modern mathematical conception of the quantitative infinite developed in the late 19th century from works by Cantor, Gottlob FregeRichard Олигофрен - Федул Жадный - Бытопись and others—using the idea of collections or sets. Dedekind's approach was essentially to adopt the idea of one-to-one correspondence as a standard for comparing the size of sets, and to reject the view of Galileo derived from Euclid that the whole cannot be the same size as the part however, see Galileo's paradox where he concludes that positive square integers are of the same size as positive integers.
An infinite set can simply be defined as one having the same size as at least one of its proper parts; this notion of infinity is called Dedekind infinite. The diagram to the right gives an example: viewing lines as infinite sets of points, the left half of the lower blue line can be mapped in a one-to-one manner green correspondences to the higher blue line, and, in turn, to the whole lower blue line red correspondences ; therefore the whole lower blue line and its left half have the same cardinality, i.
Cantor defined two kinds of infinite numbers: ordinal numbers and cardinal numbers. Ordinal numbers LeAnn Rimes - Blue well-ordered sets, or counting carried on to any stopping point, including points after an infinite number have already been counted.
Generalizing finite and ordinary infinite sequences which are maps from the positive integers leads to mappings from ordinal numbers to transfinite sequences. Cardinal numbers define SE - Do As Infinity - Do As Infinity -Final- size of sets, meaning how many members they contain, and can be standardized by choosing the first ordinal number of a certain size to represent the cardinal number of that size. The smallest ordinal infinity is that of the positive integers, and any set which has the cardinality of the integers is countably infinite.
If a set is too large to be put in one-to-one correspondence with the positive integers, it is called uncountable. Cantor's views prevailed and modern mathematics accepts actual infinity as part of a consistent and coherent theory. This hypothesis can neither be proved nor disproved within the widely accepted Zermelo—Fraenkel set theoryeven assuming the Axiom of Choice.
Cardinal arithmetic can be used to show not only that the number of points in a real number line is equal to the number of points in any segment of that line, but also that this is equal to the number of points on a plane and, indeed, in any finite-dimensional space. These curves can be used to define a one-to-one correspondence between the points on one side of a square and the points SE - Do As Infinity - Do As Infinity -Final- the square.
The structure of a fractal object is reiterated in its magnifications. Fractals can be magnified indefinitely without losing their structure and becoming "smooth"; they have infinite perimeters—some with infinite, and others with finite surface areas.
One such fractal curve with an infinite perimeter and finite surface area is the Koch snowflake. Leopold Kronecker was skeptical of the notion of infinity and how his fellow mathematicians were using it in the s and s. This skepticism was developed in the philosophy of mathematics called finitisman extreme form of mathematical philosophy in the general philosophical and mathematical schools of constructivism and intuitionism. In physicsapproximations of real numbers are used for continuous measurements and Dearest Darling - Eddie Heywood - Canadian Sunset numbers are used for discrete measurements i.
Concepts of infinite things such as an infinite plane wave exist, but there are no experimental means to generate them. The first published proposal that the universe is infinite came from Thomas Digges in Living beings inhabit these worlds. Cosmologists have long sought to discover whether infinity exists in our physical universe : Are there an infinite number of stars?
Does the universe have infinite volume? Does space "go on forever"? This is an open question of cosmology. The question of being infinite is logically separate from the question of having boundaries. The two-dimensional surface of the Earth, for example, is finite, yet has no edge. By travelling in a straight line with respect to the Earth's curvature one will eventually return to the exact spot one started from.
The universe, at least in principle, might have a similar topology. If so, one might eventually return to one's starting point after travelling in a straight line through the universe for long enough. The curvature of the universe can be measured through multipole moments in the spectrum of the Children Are Our Future - Vybz Kartel - Kartel Forever (Trilogy) background radiation.
As to date, analysis of the radiation patterns recorded by the WMAP spacecraft hints that the universe has a flat topology. This would be consistent with an infinite SE - Do As Infinity - Do As Infinity -Final- universe. However, the universe could be finite, even if its curvature is flat. An easy way to understand this is to consider two-dimensional examples, such as video games where items that leave one edge of the screen reappear on the other. The topology of such games is toroidal and the geometry is flat.
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The concept of infinity also extends to the multiverse hypothesis, which, when explained by astrophysicists such as Michio Kaku SE - Do As Infinity - Do As Infinity -Final-posits that there are an infinite number and variety of universes.
These are defined as the result of arithmetic overflowdivision by zeroand other exceptional operations. Some programming languagessuch as Java  and J allow the programmer an explicit access to the positive and negative infinity values as language constants. These can be used as greatest and least elementsas they compare respectively greater than or less than all other values.
They have uses as sentinel values in algorithms involving sortingsearchingor windowing. In languages that do not have greatest and least elements, but do allow overloading of relational operatorsit is possible for a programmer to create the greatest and least elements. In languages that do not provide explicit access to such values from the initial state of the program, but do implement the floating-point data typethe infinity values may still be accessible and usable as the result of certain operations.
In programming, an infinite loop is a loop whose exit condition is never satisfied, thus theoretically executing indefinitely. Infinite sequences can be represented in the finite memory of a computer as a composite data structure consisting of a few first members of the sequence, and a recursive routine for computing the n th element from the preceding ones. Several techniques can be used for avoiding computing several times the same element of the sequence. One is lazy evaluation. Another one, available in Mapleconsists of having routines with a remember option.
This option consists of keeping in memory the results of the function that have been computed, and, at each call of the routine, looking if this particular result has been computed, for avoiding to compute it again.
For example, the standard definition of the Fibonacci sequence is. With a standard implementation, an exponential number of function calls is needed for computing Fib nwhile, with the remember option, only n - 1 function calls are needed. Perspective artwork utilizes the concept of vanishing pointsroughly corresponding to mathematical points at infinitylocated at an infinite distance from the observer.
This allows artists to create paintings that realistically render space, distances, and forms. Escher is specifically known for employing the concept of infinity in his work in this and other ways. Variations of chess played on an unbounded board are called infinite chess.
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