Somewhere beyond the numbers lies the concept of Infinity. But what exactly does "infinity" mean? What rules does it obey? What interesting properties does it have?

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The probability of a number appearing in an approximation of an irrational number?

I was wondering if for the number Pi some numbers are more likely to appear than others, for example 3.141594 ... The number 1 appears twice does that mean that the probability for the number 1 ...
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Can we formally distinguish between actual and potential infinities?

Actual infinity is the idea that numbers, or some other type of mathematical object, can form an actual, completed totality; namely, a set. Hence, in the philosophy of mathematics, the ...
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Circles revolving around each other and infinities

I just watched this video, and I'm a bit perplexed. Problem: ...
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Does $\tan (x)$ equal $\frac{-1}{x-\frac{\pi}{2}}+\frac{-1}{x+\frac{\pi}{2}}+\frac{-1}{x-\frac{3\pi}{2}}+\frac{-1}{x+\frac{3\pi}{2}}+…$?

I set my Year 12 students a question involving the sums of rational functions $\frac{1}{x-n}$. The graph of a sum of these functions looks an awful lot like a tan graph. This led me to ask: Does ...
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Infinity xkcd style: can a turing machine exist?

I recently read this xkcd comic. It's about a guy who simulates a universe by a Turing machine (specifically, Rule 101, a cellular automaton), by laying down infinite rows of rocks, each row ...
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Does the value of infinity equals to negative one? [duplicate]

Consider a series, 1+2+4+8+16+32+64....... The next number is twice the previous number, The sum the series is clearly infinity. Now lets multiply the series by one. ...
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The real projective line and $1/\infty$

so I came up with this idea: the real projective line defines that $\infty = - \infty$. What if I divide any value $x$ (not equal to $\infty$) by infinity? Would that be 0? or "something" between ...
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After switching a lamp on and off infinitely many times in one minute, is it on or off? [duplicate]

So we have a lamp. It's switched on. let's represent its state of being switched on with associating it with $1$ and being off with $-1$. after half a minute passes, you turn it off, after another ...
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Possible proof for the multiple sizes of infinity [closed]

One can easily relate all regular polygons to the triangle: triangle = 1 triangle square = 2 triangles pentagon = 3 triangles hexagon = 4 triangles and so on and so forth… A circle is basically ...
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What we get if we add 1/2 infinite times [closed]

I want to know if this is correct We have this sums: $$S1=1-1+1-1+1-1+1-1+1-1...=\frac12$$ $$S2=1-2+3-4+5-6+7-8...=\frac14$$ $$S3=1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8...=-\frac{1}{12}$$ If we take ...
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The meaning of the symbol $\infty$ in Spivak's calculus book

Spivak in "Calculus" writes ... symbols of $\infty$ and $- \infty$ are purely suggestive: there is no number $``\infty"$ which satisfies $\infty \geq a$ for all numbers $a$. What is the meaning ...
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I am trying to find the limit of P(x)

When I am looking for a $\lim\limits_{x \to -1} P(x)$ where P(x)$= \sum \limits_{n=1}^\infty \left( \arctan \frac{1}{\sqrt{n+1}} - \arctan \frac{1}{\sqrt{n+x}}\right) $ do I have to ignore a ...
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Alternate method to calculate an infinite string of numbers that's not $\pi$, and contains any string

So, rather than using $\pi$, is there any way that isn't overly complicated, (and can be calculated on a computer without taking a year) in which I could generate an infinite string of numbers that ...
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Infinity indeterminate form that L'Hopital's Rule: $\lim_{x\to0^+}\frac{e^{-\frac{1}{x}}}{x^{2}}$

When I tried to find the limit of $$ \lim_{x\to0^+}\frac{e^{-\frac{1}{x}}}{x^{2}} $$ by applying L'Hopital's Rule the order of denominator would increase. What else can I do for it?
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How to show uniform convergence of series

Let $$f(t) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty ke^{-t\sqrt{k}}u_k$$ for $t \in (0,\infty)$, where the $u_k$ is such that $\sum \sqrt{k}u_k$ converges, but we know nothing about the convergence of $\sum ku_k$. How do ...
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How much information does learning this interval give you?

Let's say you have a number $x$, and a priori, you know that $x \in [0, 1)$ (each value from 0 to 1 is equally likely.) Then a wizard comes and tells you that $x \in [a, b) \subseteq [0, 1)$. How much ...
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Complex infinity when proving divergence

My calculus course book (Adams' Calculus) does not explain why $(-1)^n$ diverges (it just says "$(-1)^n$ simply diverges"), and I tried to see why it diverges by taking its limit as $n$ approaches ...
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Mandelbrot Set area

If there are an infinite amount of details that can be found in a Mandelbrot set, shouldn't the Mandelbrot Set have an infinite area? Supposedly the area of a Mandelbrot set is 1.5065918849 ± ...
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Are there fewer reals on $(0, 1)$ than on $(1,\infty)$?

I know that the cardinality of the sets of real numbers $(0, 1)$ and $(1, \infty)$ are equal. So what is the fallacy in this argument? For every real on $(0, 1)$, we can add any integer $n$ to it ...
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Why ∞-∞ is unspecified value? and why ∞/∞ is unspecified value? [duplicate]

1- Why ∞-∞ is unspecified? The answer 2- Why ∞/∞ is unspecified? The answer
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If $\dim(V_F)$ is Infinite, Does It Follow $\dim(\operatorname{Hom}(V_F, W_F)) \ge |F|$?

Part of the proof that $\dim(V^*_F) > \dim(V_F)$ for an infinite dimensional space is that $\dim(\operatorname{Hom}(V_F, F)) \ge |F|$ (i.e $\dim(V^*_F) \ge |F|$). See for example Dual space ...
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More numbers between $[0,1]$ or $[1,\infty)$?

There are infinitely many real numbers between any two real numbers, therefore there are infinitely many real numbers in the range $[0,1]$ as there are in $[1, \infty)$. In a mathematical sense, are ...
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Improper integral: why $\int_0^1(x^2+ x^{1/3})^{-1}\,dx$ is convergent and not $\int \frac{1}{x^2}\,dx$ ???

How do I show that $\int_0^1(x^2+ x^{1/3})^{-1}\,dx$ converges? I assume you show it on $(0,1]$. Can't seem to get my head around why this would be true.
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For Vector Spaces V and W with one Infinite Dimensional , is Hom(V, W) Isomorphic to Hom(W, V)?

If V and W are both finite then clearly Dim (Hom(V, W)) = Dim(V).Dim(W) = Dim(Hom(W, V)) so they are isomorphic. I'm not so sure if one is infinite. An "infinite matrix" construction for a linear ...
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What are some good reasonably rigorous texts on the mathematics of infinity?

The Infinite Book is too light and not focused enough on the mathematics of infinity, and Everything and More: A Brief History of Infinity has too much focus on the history of infinity instead of the ...
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What is the correct mathematical notation for something comprised of the sum of constituents n where n is infinite?

I am trying to figure out what the correct mathematical notation would be for something like the following: I want to describe that the value V of a company is equal to sum of parameters P at any ...
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Is my argument correct to solve this textbook problem?

The problem is from M.Bona's "A Walk through Combinatorics", Ch1 Prob 13: There are infinitely many pieces of paper in a basket, and there is a positive integer written on each of them. We know ...
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Find a limit without using L'Hopitals rule 9

Can someone please show me how to do this without using L'Hopitals rule: $$\lim_{x \to \infty} \left(1 + \frac{a}{x}\right)^x$$ I know the limit is $e^a$, but I would like to know the steps taken to ...
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What is the limit of the below functions when n tends to inifinity?

What is the value for the functions in the image when limit n tends to infinity?. Also what is the asymptotic complexity (big $O$ notation) for all the four functions?. $$\begin{aligned}f_1(n) &= ...
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derivative of x^x^x… to infinity?

I am a 12th grade student, and I am afraid that in realistic terms this question might not even make sense because of the infinities that have to be dealt with. However, in my attempt to calculate ...
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Why does $e^{\frac10}\neq e^{\frac1{-0}}$?

I was unable to explain why this fails? I asked to it many peers and they too can't. I faced this situation when solving a kind of integration problem. Consider $x=-x$ Then $x=0$ That is, $0=-0$ ...
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Which has greater powers: $0$ or $\infty$? [duplicate]

Okay, I know that this may seem silly, but please try to clear my doubts. The question is, that which 'term' has more powers. If we multiply $\infty$ and $0$, what do we get. I know that infinity is ...
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Do different infinities have different base representations?

I've been wondering about different types of infinity; e.g., $\aleph_0,\aleph_1$, e.t.c.; where $\aleph_0$ represents the smallest infinity, the countable infinity (e.g., the cardinality of the ...
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Proof of $\sum_{x = 1}^\infty \frac{1}{x}$'s divergence by absurdity?

(From this site.) The following argument purports to show that the series $1 - \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{3} - \frac{1}{4} \dots = 0$. It begins with the harmonic series. $$ \begin{aligned} \sum ...
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determinant of infinitely large matrix by decomposition

Read the too long didnt read version in bold before going into the finer detail. The overall point is that when I decompose this matrix to try and find its determinant I get an answer that doesn't ...
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0's reciprocal (Theoretical) [closed]

Background: I am in 8th grade and I like to study around advanced mathematical subjects. However, I do not know enough to be sure in my conjectures. Therefore, I would like your help. I have a ...
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Difference between intersection of infinite sets having finite, and having infinite elements

I could find individual answers for both of these, but can someone compare how being a finite set or an infinite changes the final outcome? (a) If A1 ⊇ A2 ⊇ A3 ⊇ A4 · · · are all sets containing an ...
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Rolling two dice, what is the probability that two consecutive $7$s happens earlier than a $12$?

Alice and Bob are playing a game involving two dice. If a sum of 12 appears, Alice wins and they stop playing. If a 7 appears twice in a row, Bob wins and they stop playing. What is the probability ...
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Is there an object in reality that is proven to be uncountable? [closed]

I've always wanted to come up with a fairly concrete example of an object or realistic set that could be uncountable. Most of the sets I can think about, even the hugest ones, are always countable. ...
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Why does Wolfram Alpha say that $n/0$ is complex infinity?

I typed a number divided by 0 on Wolfram Alpha and thought that it would say "undefined". However, when I pressed enter it told me that the answer is complex infinity. I have always been taught ...
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Trying to show that $\sum_{1}^{\infty} \frac{n^n}{n!} $ diverges.

I have been trying to prove this using the ratio test $|\frac{A_{n+1}}{A_n}|$ , which leads me to this expression: $$\left|\frac{(n+1)^{n+1}}{(n+1)!}\cdot ...
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Evaluate the limit $\lim_{n\to\infty} \frac{3^n}{2^n+3^n} $

It seems reasonable to assume that $$\lim_{n\to\infty} \frac{3^n}{2^n+3^n} $$ goes to zero but I can't figure out how to prove it.
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Infinite solutions for $(\frac{n+1}{n})^a\cdot (\frac{m+1}{m})^b = 2$

Given $(\frac{n+1}{n})^a\cdot (\frac{m+1}{m})^b = 2$ where a, b, n, and m are all positive integers, are there infinitely many solutions $(a,b,n,m)$?
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Evaluate $ \lim_{n\to\infty} \frac{(n!)^2}{(2n)!} $ [duplicate]

I'm completely stuck evaluating $ \lim_{n\to\infty} \frac{(n!)^2}{(2n)!} $ how would I go about solving this?
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Existence of infinite set and axiom schema of replacement imply axiom of infinity

I'm self-teaching an intro to set theory course, and came across this exercise: Show that the existence of an infinite set is equivalent to the existence of an inductive set. For the notion of ...
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To evaluate $\lim_{n\to\infty} \dfrac{10^n}{n!} .$

I am having a lot of trouble evaluating $$\lim_{n\to\infty} \dfrac{10^n}{n!} .$$ I know intuitively that $n!$ is much larger and this expression should go to zero but I just can't figure out how to ...
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recursive sequences bounded above and their limits at infinity

Define a sequence $\langle a(n)\rangle$ recursively by $a(1)=\sqrt{2}$ and $a(n+1)=\sqrt{2+a(n)}$ $(n>0)$. a)by induction or otherwise show that the sequence is increasing and bounded above 3. ...
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bounded sequences and limits at infinity

Show that if ${a_n}$ and ${b_n}$ are sequences for which $\displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty}a_n=0$ and ${b_n}$ is bounded, then $\displaystyle\lim_{n\to\infty}a_nb_n=0$ Sorry I'm on my phone and I'm not ...
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Probability over an infinite set. Of two numbers.

Suppose there is a man, who chooses two completely random numbers. So they can be equal too. And they can be only positive real numbers. One of them can even be $285294.38285967281$ or anything ...
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infinite series and proof of sum using induction.

Consider the series: $$ \sum_{i=1}^\infty \frac{i}{(i+1)!} $$ Make a guess for the value of the $n$-th partial sum and use induction to prove that your guess is correct. I understand the ...