The Power of Infinity

I’ve pondered my final project for awhile now and after changing my decision multiple times, I’ve landed on doing my project on the history of infinity. I won’t go into my notes on what this topic is due to my presentation explaining that but I will explain why I chose this topic. I’ve always loved the idea of infinity. As a child, I remember being asked what infinity + 1 would equal and thinking for days. Of course, infinity isn’t a real number so it cannot be added, subtracted, multiplied or divided by any real numbers but I remember this as being my first time I spent time on math when I didn’t need to. Infinity was taught to me as such a large and inconceivable number that it fell outside all logic math put together. This amazed me as a child and I’ll be honest, still amazes me today. To think that infinity cannot exist yet is talked about all the time is fascinating to me. I love thinking of infinity as zero’s counterpart in the sense that they are both numbers made outside of complete logic to help explain nothing and everything respectively.

3 thoughts on “The Power of Infinity”

  1. Hey Josh!
    I love this idea! I’m doing a “history-of…” type presentation and I think your idea is a great way to blend math with the Arts. I can remember my sister and I being little and arguing about something or other and saying things like “I’m 10x better!” “Well, I’m 12x better!” Well one day my sister figured out that if she said “I’m GOOGLE TIMES BETTER!” she could get me to shut up. I fired back with “I’m INFINITELY BETTER!” and we then fought about which was bigger – infinity or Google. We were 8 and 6 then, and I, like you, am just as fascinated by numbers that go on for, well, infinity. Look forward to hearing your findings!

  2. Infinity has also always been a funny number to me. When I was a kid my mom used to say she loved me to infinity. I remember asking myself “why only up to infinity”. It wasn’t until I got older that I realized that infinity was just a place holder for forever. What did blow my mind however was what professor Plante said in class. That infinity is only true in come cases.
    I found this article that talks about this in depth. I recommend checking it out.

  3. So if infinity isn’t a real number, do you think it ties in to the “imaginary” numbers discussed in Algebra 2? (not sure how far you went with math in high school, but I faintly remember the concept). I also think that infinity as zero’s counterpart makes sense, because when you think theoretical math, zero isn’t technically a real number either except for “absolute” zero, where there is literally nothing there. As I’m learning in another course right now, the normal distribution curve will actually never reach zero on the x-axis, meaning you can’t really have “zero” in that sense. Maybe include the normal curve in your presentation? Just spitting out some thoughts here. Great idea!

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