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Topic: The objects that Newton played with were called infinite series
but had ZERO to do with infinity. The name infinite series is a misnomer.

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 zelos.malum@gmail.com Posts: 1,176 Registered: 9/18/17
Re: The objects that Newton played with were called infinite series
but had ZERO to do with infinity. The name infinite series is a misnomer.

Posted: Sep 30, 2017 9:18 AM

Den lördag 30 september 2017 kl. 07:30:40 UTC+2 skrev John Gabriel:
> The objects that Newton played with were called infinite series but had ZERO to do with infinity. The name infinite series is a misnomer.
>
> s = 1/2+1/4+1/8+... = 3/6+3/12+3/24+...
> t = 1/3+1/9+1/27+... = 2/6+2/18+2/54+...
>
> s * t = 6/36 + 6/108 + 3/108 + 3/108 + 1/12 + 3/324 + 1/24 +1/72 + 6/1296+...
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> If my arithmetic is correct, then you end up getting:
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> s * t = 6/36 + 12/108 + 24/324 + ... = 1/2
>
> So all Newton did was work with the LIMITS. Nothing with infinity. By taking sufficient terms he was able to calculate the product of the limits. So strictly speaking he is not multiplying series at all, ONLY some of the partial sums and from these obtaining the limit.
>
> Newton used this approach in determining sine series through inversion. He knew that he might end up with a series that could no longer be summed as in the case of these example geometric series, but he also knew that if he could find a pattern, then he would be able to approximate the sine ratio.
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> This is hard evidence that it's a very bad idea to define S = Lim S.
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> How arc length was derived:
>
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> No doubt the majority of the morons on this site will not be able to produce sufficient inference to reach an AHA moment. The orangutans will simply dismiss all of this without any serious study or consideration. Too bad.
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