∞ Infinity ∞
|Infinity: 1. ( noun ) Unlimited extent of space, quantity, or time (eternity) 2. Boundlessness|
|Infinite: 1. ( adj. ) Being without limits of any kind 2.Endless, vast, inexhaustable, never-ending|
The word infinity comes from the Latin term infinitas or "unboundedness."
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Origin of the Infinity Symbol
John Wallis (1616-1703) was one of the most famous English mathematicians of his day.
The symbol for infinity is first found in print in his 1655 book, The Arithmetica Infinitorum.
The Romans commonly used the infinity symbol for a thousand, just as today the word "myriad" is used for any large number, although in Greek it meant ten thousand.
( Some say that the infinity symbol might have been derived from the lowercase omega symbol. )
∞ The History of the Infinity Symbol ∞
This symbol was first given its current mathematical meaning in
The symbol for infinity, first chosen by John Wallis in 1655, stands for a concept which has given mathematicians problems since the time of the ancient Greeks.
A case in point is that of Zeno of Elea (in southern Italy) who, in the 5th century BC, proposed four paradoxes which addressed whether magnitudes (lengths or numbers) are infinitely divisible or made up of a large number of small indivisible parts.
Lemniscate of Bernoulli
The infinity sign devised in 1655 by mathemetician John Wallis, was named lemniscus (Latin "ribbon") by mathemetician Bernoulli about forty years later.
The symbol itself is properly called a lemniscus, a latin noun which means
The mathematical symbol for infinity is called the lemniscate.
The infinity-snake, the ouroboros symbol (also, uroboros or uroborus) is a
It has been associated with the
The infinity-snake is the symbol of the perpetual, cyclic renewal of life.
The mythical dragon is said to be a derivative of the infinity-snake.
See "Zeno's Arrow" paradox:
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The lemniscate is patterned after the device known as a mobius strip (named after
A mobius strip is a strip
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The religious aspect of the infinity symbol predates its mathematical origins.
Similar symbols have been found in Tibetan and Egyptian rock carvings and elsewhere depicted in the shape of a lemniscate, although a plain circle is
as seen in the Yin-Yang symbol.
Below: August Ferdinand Mobius and the Mobius Loop (with M.C. Escher's Ants)
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Above: Mobius Loop Bracelet
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Above: Buzz and Buzz
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Above: Buzz Aldrin on the Moon (July, 1969)
Pi represents the circle. Circles represent infinity.
( Pi = 3.141592653589793238462643383 and on and on infinitely... )
What is the shape of pie? A circle of course!
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Click here: Pi Day Celebration / The Pi Song / Pi Explained
"In order to make an apple pie from scratch,
you must first invent the universe."
- Carl Sagan
Big Numbers and the Mega Penny Project:
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To get a better sense of what one billion really is...
A billion seconds ago, it was the bicentennial year of 1976.
(31.7 years ago)
A billion minutes ago, the ancient Roman Empire was thriving.
(1,900 yrs. ago)
A billion hours ago, our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
(114,000 yrs. ago)
A billion days ago, Australopithecus, an ape-like creature related to an ancestor of modern humans, roamed the African savannas.
(2.7 million years ago)
A billion months ago, dinosaurs walked the earth during the late Cretaceous.
(82 million years ago)
A billion years ago, the first multicellular organisms appeared on Earth.
FYI: The universe is currently thought to be about 13.7 billion years old.
~ Infinity Photo Gallery ~
Draco the Dragon
The Wheel of Eternal Life
The Eternal Life Force
The Ouroboros Serpent as Symbol
Yin Yang: Infinite Opposites
The Zodiac Cycle
"As above, so below."