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March 7th, 2009, 11:29 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Mar 2009 Posts: 8 Thanks: 0  does anyone know why people invented infinity?
what made people decide to invent infinity

March 7th, 2009, 02:40 PM  #2  
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March 11th, 2009, 11:54 AM  #4 
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The book "The Art of the Infinite" might be helpful. (Click for a review.) Check your local library. 
March 11th, 2009, 01:10 PM  #5 
Senior Member Joined: Sep 2008 Posts: 116 Thanks: 0  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. 
March 11th, 2009, 03:19 PM  #6 
Senior Member Joined: May 2007 Posts: 402 Thanks: 0  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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