20 Aug '10 12:521 edit

I would say yes. However, scientist often use terminology such as "finite temperature" meaning a temperature larger than 0 K. I always tried to refrain from using such sentence because I thought it was an incorrect use of words. In the beginning I even got annoyed that scientist, especially the ones working in the field of physics or mathematics ( "the exact sciences" ), are so sloppy with definitions. I assumed that someone started to use "finite" is this wrong manner and that others just started to copy this behavior without thinking for themselves realizing the true meaning of the word "finite". However, now I start to doubt. ..

Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite) and some online dictionaries e.g (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/finite) have adopted the option "finite =/ 0" as a possible definition. Is this just because some faults get accepted when many people make them? Or is "finite" as being nonzero actually truly correct?

Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finite) and some online dictionaries e.g (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/finite) have adopted the option "finite =/ 0" as a possible definition. Is this just because some faults get accepted when many people make them? Or is "finite" as being nonzero actually truly correct?