Driving back from town this morning, Hubby and I were listening to the radio on the subject of infinite numbers and infinity.
The amount of time and money being spent on proving that there is no ‘end number’ infinite or otherwise made us look at each other in disbelief, and what followed could either be regarded as utter tosh or brilliance.
Obviously, we are an average Joe and Jane Doe in the intelligence stakes, but we couldn’t get our heads round what was being said as having any relevance in modern living or putting food on the table. I don’t particularly care if I have an odd or even number of chops in the pack, so long as there is enough and I can make a meal or three.
The reader was on about two and a half thousand years of numbers, and that there is no such thing as the largest number. Then somehow the subject of the first ever living twins being compared to the second living set of twins who were the same, crept in.
What was all that about?? One set of identical twins won’t be identical to another set of identical twins (and I did a post on twins too).
I can accept that there are (is?) an infinite number of grains of sand on a beach, and if you had to quantify this point, you can guarantee a wave will come along and obscure the counter’s efforts and he’d have to start again.
Not that many years ago, a country’s National Budget and Debt were referred to in millions of dollars/pounds.
It seems to have bi-passed Billions to Trillions now so I wonder just how big or sophisticated these calculators are to handle so many ‘0’s, or do they do what the Banks do and simply report in whole millions or even billions to start with?
The Universe is expanding, and as space frontiers are surpassed, numbers equating to distance are escalating. Hubby said that was why they invented the term ‘Light Years’, the calculation of time it takes for light to travel in one year.
Excuse the pun, but that’s all beyond me and I’ll just flick on the switch.
According to the programme there is an infinite number of both odd and even numbers.
In fact, they said they are equal in number (whatever that might be).
But think on this (as we did in conversation on the way home):
If you add an even number of odd numbers, the answer will always be even, as will be the answer if you add an even number of even numbers.
If you add an odd number of even numbers, again the result will be even, BUT if you add an odd number of odd numbers, the answer will be odd.