Infinity, also written , is the name for a group of ideas about things which never end. The term is from a Latin word meaning "without end". Infinity goes on forever, so sometimes space, numbers, and other things are said to be 'infinite', because they never come to a stop.
Infinity is really not an ordinary number, but it is sometimes used as one.
There are two kinds of infinity: potential infinity and actual infinity. Potential infinity is a process that never stops. For example, adding 10 to a number. No matter how many times 10 is added, 10 more can still be added. Actual infinity is a more abstract idea. For example, there are infinitely many numbers as it is impossible to write them all down.
Infinity has various properties that are not normally found in numbers:
- Infinity added to any number is infinity.
- Infinity times any positive number is infinity.
- Infinity times any negative number is negative infinity.
Infinity in Mathematics [change]
Mathematicians use different kinds of infinity. For example, uncountable sets are bigger than countable sets. Both kinds of set are infinitely big. We can write infinity as reference. Example: 100 is like infinity for 0.00001 if the first term is started from 0.00001. Likewise 10000000000000000000000000 is like infinity for 10 if the first term is started from 10.
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Other websites [change]
- A Crash Course in the Mathematics of Infinite Sets, by Peter Suber. From the St. John's Review, XLIV, 2 (1998) 1-59. The stand-alone appendix to Infinite Reflections, below. A concise introduction to Cantor's mathematics of infinite sets.
- Infinite Reflections, by Peter Suber. How Cantor's mathematics of the infinite solves a handful of ancient philosophical problems of the infinite. From the St. John's Review, XLIV, 2 (1998) 1-59.
- Infinity, Principia Cybernetica
- Hotel Infinity
- The concepts of finiteness and infinity in philosophy