Date: Mar 20, 2000 2:52 AM
Author: RJR_McWhinnie
Subject: Re: [HM] L'Hopital, Pythagoras, Ptolemy and Hilbert

On 18-Mar-00 20:29:12 James A. Landau wrote:

Someone---I cannot recall whom or when---deduced that the universe was
finite. If it were infinte (and stars were distributed randomly) then any
line of sight will reach a star and the night sky will not be dark

The paradox is named after Heinreich Olbers (1758-1840), who drew
attention to it in c1823.