Originally posted by ChaosPhoenix7I am sure that in some circumstances you can use the word 'infinity' to mean 'an incomprehensibly large number'.
What is infinity to you? Also, your reasoning behind it.
To me, infinity is not a single number, but it is fact a range of numbers, starting immediately after the largest number the human brain can comprehend and never ending. Thus, you cannot add, subtract, multiply, divide, mod, et cetera infinity. It is simply used for classification, ex. what is the size of the universe, it is infinity, implying that we cannot comprehend it's value.
Originally posted by adam warlockI also realize that a bounded set can be infinite eg the set of Reals [0,1]
Mathematically speaking boundless and infinite aren't equivalent terms. The surface of a sphere is boundless and finite for instance.
Originally posted by twhiteheadAll of that is very true, and I haven't seen the wikipedia article so I can't comment if they use the term boundless in a rigorous way or not, but the example you gave plus the example I gave show that even though they are related one has to be careful when using them in a precise mathematical sense.
I also realize that a bounded set can be infinite eg the set of Reals [0,1]
I realize that they are not equivalent, but they are strongly related. You will see on the Wikipedia page for infinity that 'boundless' is used quite often.
But I think that in the context that I used it, it was correct, though I guess misinterpretation is still possible.
Originally posted by PalynkaBoundless in the case of a sphere I think is like this: Suppose you are on the equator of said sphere, like the Earth. It has 360 degrees as defined by geometry and trig.
What do you mean boundless? It's a bounded space, to my knowledge.
Originally posted by sonhouseRight, but that's not a formal definition of boundedness.
Boundless in the case of a sphere I think is like this: Suppose you are on the equator of said sphere, like the Earth. It has 360 degrees as defined by geometry and trig.
So you can start traveling on the equator and go through every one of those degrees but you can also keep going for an infinite # of trips around the equator thus making possible a trip of infinite duration, the finite nature of the Earth notwithstanding.
Originally posted by adam warlockThere's a bit of confusion here. You can have bounded sets without boundaries (like spheres) and unbounded sets with at least one boundary (like [0,\infty] ).
The surface of a sphere has no bounds (i.e. no limits): http://www.bartleby.com/173/31.html
Originally posted by twhiteheadTopologically speaking the surface of a sphere is closed and not open. So in what sense do you say that that it is continuous and open?
I am still not convinced that a sphere is boundless. Surely, whatever co-ordinate system you use, there will be an upper bound and lower bound on each co-ordinate?
I would agree that it is continuous and open, but that is not the same as boundless.
Originally posted by PalynkaI don't think I understood you. The surface of a sphere does have a boundary. And a sphere does have a boundary too. I'm using regular topological definitions.
There's a bit of confusion here. You can have bounded sets without boundaries (like spheres) and unbounded sets with at least one boundary (like [0,\infty] ).
What he means there is without boundaries.