The God of Mathematics - Georg Cantor's Infinities

Short documentary about the greatest mathematician of the 19th century, Georg Cantor, who came up with the Continuum Hypothesis that will unravel the mysteries of infinity. Only Cantor thought god was speaking to him and saw himself as his messenger.

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-11 1. ktg_5 commented 12 years ago

-heads go "BOOM"
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-9 2. smremde commented 12 years ago

#1s comment goes "BOOM"
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+1 3. loadrunner commented 12 years ago

You can take away x from infinity and the number is still the same. that big is infinity
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+11 4. andriy2991 commented 12 years ago

really really interesting,I like it....
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+22 5. Heun commented 12 years ago

Anyone who likes this, search for "bbc dangerous knowledge". Brilliant documentary about how working on these sort of things drives you nuts... :)
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-5 6. shayangx commented 12 years ago

Example of inifinity:

10 = 10 x 1
1 = 10x 0,1
0,1 = 10x 0,01
0,01= 10x 0,001
And you can infinitely go on like this..
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+4 7. Siruss commented 12 years ago

Very interesting. Umm, I wonder if fractals are similar to Cantor's continuum hypothesis? Any mathematicians here?
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+5 8. seldomseen77 commented 12 years ago

#7 One way of constructing a fractal is to repeat a simple step infinitely many times, so there is some link between the two, but in the general picture of maths, these two domains are pretty far apart.
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0 9. master_shake commented 12 years ago

By definition there should be infinite answers to any question involving infinity, and that is where he was able to disprove them as well. The continuum continues...
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+11 10. irishgek commented 12 years ago

I could watch that forever ...but what is forever ?
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+2 11. krisis commented 12 years ago

insanity is infinite
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+17 12. Limberg commented 12 years ago

This is a child's story, bla, bla, his social life, god, goes nuts, but where the hell is the MATH!? show me something exact about what he did, not all this gibberish.

This is the same trick as in the X-factor episode, covering our eyes with the sad story and not showing the core.
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0 13. ui236 commented 12 years ago

I agree on the hypothesis that infinity is infinite, but on the other hand i don''t study mathematics. So i gues i shouldn't take part of the discussion anyway.
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+3 14. ace543 commented 12 years ago

#12 I agree completely, this might help a bit for a basic overview but they'll probably need to show proofs to really explain it, then explain the proofs, and explain their explanations... it just goes on and on >:)

(useful website too, like a video Wikipedia for most topics)
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+2 15. thorargent commented 12 years ago

The point is simple- infinity is not a number, it is a concept of being endless. Subtracting something from infinity is like subtracting something from green. Does not compute.
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-2 16. eyoda commented 12 years ago


thats what I dont get as well.... Galileo said...... if you widen the circle you can see gaps between them. So its not infinite... COUNT THEM.
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0 17. librabooks commented 12 years ago

Take a completely black spot of paint on a piece of paper. Now add an infinitesimally small bit of white - it's still black. But do this an infinite amount of times and eventually things should come out "all white"! >:)
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0 18. cretia commented 12 years ago

infinity has no end if it did it would not be "infinity"
infinity exists elsewhere other than math