Divide 10 by 3 or face two mirrors across from each other and two finite entities cause an infinite reaction. The universe is also deemed infinite but it too could conceivably be enabled from two or more as yet unknown finite entities interacting. In my view, that premise qualifies infinity more as hypothetical than as fact. Intuitively, we accept infinity is "no start, no end, and continues forever" but given our finite resources to comprehend infinity, is current science not relying more on a philosophical case of observation and reasoning, than on strictly scientific methodology?
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Robin I play with 8 musical notes doe to doe add chords and their tones and the vibration will change add a shaky finger and that will change. What a person hears depending on how they hear how do you measure a musical note. Ie I like rock you might
continuous recombination of new and old combinations is indeed conceivably infinite. So, given an infinite universe could finite enabling entities be time, energy, and space? These have traditionally been deemed infinite no? And the paradox persists
I believe space is measurable. Scientists today say we have telescopes that can see the outer rim of the universe so there must be a finite limit to what we call space at least. Time and Energy? I don't know but seeming infinite is not infinite.
Having thought about this problem for a few days, I conclude that infinity cannot exist in the real world, except in mathematics. Big Bang theory cannot explain it even with gravitational waves added (not to say they try to). It is still only a word!
It seems we agree infinity is handy for hypothesizing about astrological physics, but in a strictly scientific context its definition is unclear. Cree's point re visible edge of the universe making space measurable is valid given current technology
Yes, and that has implications. Abstracts are useful in developing academic disciplines, but until abstracts become tangible, they can be regarded as arbitrary outside of context, and that's where the line blurs between science, philosophy, and faith