December 16th, 2016, 04:53 AM  #1 
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Are the words infinity and infinitesimal opptosite concepts?

December 16th, 2016, 08:18 AM  #2 
Math Team Joined: Jan 2015 From: Alabama Posts: 3,261 Thanks: 896  What do you mean by "opposite concepts"? Most dictionaries define "infinitesimal" as "infinitely small". Is that what you mean by "opposite concepts"? Howeve, mathematically, neither "infinity" nor "infinitesimal" actually exist in the usual number system. One can define them in "nonstandard" analysis and there, for every "infinite" quantity there exist an "infinitesmal" quantity that is its multiplicative inverse and vice versa. 
December 16th, 2016, 08:29 AM  #3 
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Infinity: Limitless extention Infinitesimal: Limitless contraction Extension and contraction are opposite concepts. 

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