The Concept of Infinity

The Concept of Infinity

Take a second, if you will, to count to infinity. That would actually be impossible, because it’s so high it is impossible to count up to. Along with that, it’s not a number. So how can it exist?

You can get numbers up to a million. And a billion. Quadrillion, quintillion, sextillion, septillion, octillion, nonillion, decillion, undecillion, doedecillion, tredecillion or even quattuordecillion (one followed by 45 zeroes!), but none of those can even come close to infinity. What is infinity? According to the Google Dictionary, infinity is “limitless or endless in space, extent, or size; impossible to measure or calculate”.

What does that mean? Well, basically, infinity is an amount that is so high it cannot be counted, or it has no end. Numbers themselves are infinity; there is no ends to numbers. Or is there? And that’s what this article is all about: the concept of infinity and how (in my opinion) ridiculous it is. I will be presenting my arguments against the concept.

So let’s get started.

You might think numbers have no end: they’re infinity. Well, the highest named number is googolplexian: 1 followed by googolplex zeroes. If you’ve ever heard of googol, it’s 1 followed by 100 zeroes. Googolplex is 1 followed by googol zeroes, and as said, googolplexian is 1 followed by googolplex zeroes. So far, that’s the end of the line: what’s after googolplexian? Googolplexianian? You might argue it’s googolplexian + 1, but I can argue back that said number does not currently exist; therefore it is not a number and does not continue along the line.

Time for the next argument. According to BigThink and Real-Clear Science, infinity cannot exist because it is so huge it overshadows all other numbers. To put it another way:

6/∞ = 0 and 6 + ∞ = ∞

googleplexian/∞ = 0 and googleplexian + ∞ = ∞

∞ + 1 = ∞ and ∞ – 1 = ∞

Get it now? Infinity is so big, every other number compared to it will equal zero. Infinity can also never be changed, so it actually cannot exist.

Third argument. Is the universe infinite? Is anything infinite? If you manage to go to the end of the universe- if it exists- your rocket’s odometer will still show a finite number, even if it’s in the quadrillions. So: what could infinity be? Nothing is infinity, because it is not endless: if anything has a finite beginning, it needs a finite end.

I can keep going forever. In chess, losing your king means you lose the game. Does that make the king infinitely valuable compared to the 1-point pawn or the 3-point bishop? No! Going back to the second argument: infinity is so huge it overshadows all other things. If the king was infinity valuable, all positions concerning him would be infinitely valuable because, remember, infinity cannot be changed. So, you must give the king a finite rating.

People also say death is infinite. It’s not. If you die, you will be dead for a finite amount of time. For example: if you died in 2000 (and if you did get away from this server), you will have been dead for 16 years. Or to put it another way: the first human, Lucy, died 3.2 million years ago. Still a finite number.

Have I convinced you? Infinity does not and cannot exist. If you disagree with me, leave a comment below and I’ll find some way to still prove infinity does not exist!

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