The magical world of infinities

Jagadeeshan, Shashidhar (2016) The magical world of infinities. At Right Angles, 5 (1). pp. 15-20. ISSN 2582-1873

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Abstract

This article and its sequel hope to take the reader on a whirlwind tour of the infinities! For those who have never encountered these ideas, be ready for your world to be turned upside down and your intuition to be shot to pieces. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who may react violently to the ideas presented below. Reputed mathematicians like Poincaré and Kronecker reacted with horror. Georg Cantor, who discovered these ideas, was literally driven to insanity because of the hostility he received, especially at the hands of Kronecker. But before we get caught up in this story, let us begin our journey into the world of Infinity

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Jagadeeshan, Shashidhar
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English
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hilbert hotel, Cantor, infinities, natural numbers, set of integers, set of rational numbers, one-to-one correspondence, interlacing, measure theory, cardinal number, cardinality
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Mathematics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > At Right Angles
Full Text Status: Public
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/3107
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