A Surreal Land

Feb 3rd, 2012
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Columbia University in the City of New York
Course: mathematics
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There have been many varying philosophies toward infinity over the centuries. Cantor viewed infinity as possessing an almost divine quality, a representation of God that man could not understand. A hundred years later, armed with an entire new system of numbers, we can see what happens to numbers as they cross the threshold of infinity. John Conway has built us a bridge; I hope that more determined mathematicians will cross that bridge into a world that is, well, surreal. There are ghosts in that world, but the ghosts are the most concrete things we will find. There is much power in describing our world in a new and fantastic way, if only someone with the courage and genius will lead the way.

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