Larger than infinity
We are taught that infinity is the largest possible number, but does that mean if something is infinitely large something else cannot be larger? I have pondered this occasionally for many years since it first occurred to me during grade school. Perhaps infinity should be allowed to be raised to powers and expressed exponentially.
Take a one dimensional line as an example. Although it has no width, it contains an infinite number of points. Conventional thinking would dictate that there is no larger number than the number of possible points on this infinite line. But what if we compare it to a plane? Now that we have added a second dimension that also extends infinitely, there is an infinite number of points above and below every point on the original line. Would it not be accurate to refer to this as infinity squared? We could then add a third dimension and consider a cube that extends infinitely in all three directions. Now, for every point on the plane there is an infinite number of points in front and behind it. Would this not be infinity cubed? As we continue this thought exercise it becomes much more difficult, but it would seem logical to progress through a higher exponent for each additional dimension, each one being infinitely larger than the dimension before it. We could consider naming this concept beyondfinity, to contrast it with infinity.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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