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March 7th, 2009, 10:29 AM   #1
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does anyone know why people invented infinity?

what made people decide to invent infinity
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March 7th, 2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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Re: does anyone know why people invented infinity?

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what made people decide to invent infinity
When someone noticed there is no largest number.
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March 8th, 2009, 03:04 PM   #3
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Re: does anyone know why people invented infinity?

Try looking at this.
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March 11th, 2009, 10:54 AM   #4
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The book "The Art of the Infinite" might be helpful. (Click for a review.)

Check your local library.
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March 11th, 2009, 12:10 PM   #5
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Re: does anyone know why people invented infinity?

I can't say why infinity was usefull before calculus, aside from just something to be able to answer the question: What's the largest number?
Granted, infinity is not a number, but a mathematical concept.

Calculus is all about infinity -- the concept of dividing through by conceptual infinities and such.
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March 11th, 2009, 02:19 PM   #6
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Re: does anyone know why people invented infinity?

People didn't invent infinity for no reason - it came with zero! And I can say with most certainty that you see the reasons for zero!
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