Talking about Infinity

Carl Sagan, from “Cosmos”

When we consider cutting an apple pie, continuing down beyond a single atom, we confront an infinity of the very small. And when we look up at the night sky, we confront an infinity of the very large. These infinities represent an unending regress that goes on not just very far, but forever.
If you stand between two mirrors – in a barber shop, say – you see a large number of images of yourself, each the reflection of another. You cannot see an infinity of images because the mirrors are not perfectly flat and aligned, because light does not travel infinitely fast, and because you are in the way. When we talk about infinity we are talking about a quantity greater than any number, no matter how large.

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Informazioni su Sabrina Masiero

Direttore Responsabile della Didattica e Divulgazione presso la Fondazione GAL Hassin-Centro Internazionale delle Scienze Astronomiche, Isnello, (Palermo) e associata INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo. Ho lavorato presso INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova e la Fundaciòn Galileo Galilei, FGG-Telescopio Nazionale Galileo, La Palma, Isole Canarie nell'ambito dei pianeti extrasolari.

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