Date: Feb 16, 2013 5:46 PM
Author: Wally W.
Subject: Re: infinity can't exist
On Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:12:03 +0000 (UTC), Michael Stemper wrote:
>In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Craig Feinstein <email@example.com> writes:
>>Let's say I have a drawer of an infinite number of identical socks
>>Contents of drawer at time 0 =3D (Contents of drawer at time 1) plus (sock =
>>taken out of drawer).
>>Subtracting the equations, we get
>>Nothing =3D sock taken out of drawer.
>>This is false, so infinity cannot exist.=20
>>How does modern mathematics resolve this paradox?
>Modern mathematics does not claim that an infinite number of socks can
>exist, and neither does modern physics.
>Although physics does not allow an infinite number of socks, it is easy
>to see that if a very large number of socks was brought together, they would
>collapse into a singularity. Your attempt to remove one of them would cause
>you to pass through the Sock Event Horizon, at which time you would no longer
>be able to remove any of them.
An interesting and creative scenario. Nicely done.
Though the number of sheep needed to make that many socks might
collapse into a singularity first.