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Topic: Almost infinite
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Richard Tobin

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Re: Almost infinite
Posted: Dec 12, 2012 4:56 AM
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In article <f31c423e-23fe-4590-b8ed-5c1d60eecc88@googlegroups.com>,
David R Tribble <david@tribble.com> wrote:

>But is there some mathematically meaningful definition of "almost
>infinite"?


Not that I know of. When the term is used, its *practical* definition
is usually something like "so big that, for some implied purpose, it
might as well be infinite". For example, in your example of a million
lego bricks it is just as impossible to enumerate (in an everyday
sense) all the combinations as it would be if there were infinitely
many.

-- Richard



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