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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Can a curve be an asymptote?

$f(x)=x^3+\frac{3}{x-1}$ This was the question given to me.I replied that $f(x)$ will have only a single vertical asymptote of $x=1$. My teacher told that there'll be be two asymptotes.One is the ...
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The meaning of infinite series $\sum_{i=0}^\infty 2^{-i}$, its relation to partial sums and Cantor's diagonal argument

Let's define $S(n)$ as $S(n) = \sum_{i=0}^n 2^{-i}$. Obviously, $\lim_{n \to \infty} S(n) = 2$ and also $\forall n \in \mathbb{N}, S(n)<2$. Now my questions are about $Q = \sum_{i=0}^\infty ...
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Regarding playing an infinite number of games that could last infinitely long amounts of time

So after watching the last Stanley cup game, a problem popped up in my head for which I have no solution. Say we have a game, like a hockey game, that has the possibility of going on forever. Of ...
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Assigning values to divergent integrals

I'm interested in the (obviously divergent) integral $$ \int_{-\infty}^\infty dx e^{-x f}\ ,$$ where $f$ is real. Is there any way to meaningfully assign a value to this integral? I was thinking of ...
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“Infinito”, a combinatorial game with infinite width game-tree

I recently designed a combinatorial game (sequential game of perfect information) with an infinite branching factor, that is it has a game-tree of infinite width. I'm wondering how is it possible to ...
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Is it a “paradox”, or a flaw in the question?

(Clearly not a pardox per-se but I would like to hear what you think) The basic riddle (not a very interesting one even) goes as follows: A first client comes into a barber shop, takes a hair cut ...
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Quantifying infinitely large sums such as $\sum_{x\in\mathbb{R}^+} x$

I thought of this as a student in calculus years ago, and it may be a silly kind of question. I wondered if there were notions of different sizes of infinity a series might sum to, which then lead me ...
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How does $\ln(x)$ blow up at $0$ and $\infty$.

In general: How do I figure out how fast a function blows up at a certain point or infinity? How fast does $\ln x$ blow up at $0$? Does it blow up as fast as $1/x$, $1/x^2$, or maybe faster than any ...
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Suppose some theory T has countably many axioms, how many models of $T$ are there of cardinality $\aleph_1$,$\aleph_2$,$\aleph_{\omega_1}$?

Setting Let $\mathcal{L} = \{E\}$ where $E$ is a binary relation symbol. Let $T$ be the $\mathcal{L}$-theory of an equivalence relation with infinitely many infinite classes. So we see $T$ has ...
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Infinity Gradient

I calculate infinity gradient, but I am not sure is this correct.
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Limits of infinite processes that terminate in finite time - checking my understanding?

I am a computer scientist by training, but have a fair amount of math background that I've picked up through classes, teaching, and general interest. A student of mine posed a question to me. I think ...
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Cantor, longish lines and the Landau -o notations

in general terms this question is about the behaviour of functions of a real variable as their argument $\rightarrow \infty$. i will present the matter as concisely as i can, but my presentation will ...
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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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mathematical limit for a ouroboros torus

The other day i was watching an episode of Tom and Jerry in which a similar situation was present toms head comes out of his own mouth. My head hurts when i think how is that even possible so i ...
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Is this set countably infinite or not?

"Far away, in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net that has been hung by some artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In ...
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Countability of unions versus products

Let $D_{n}$ be a set with $2^{n}$ elements for $n=1,2,...$. Let $A = \bigcup_{n=1}^{\infty}D_{n}$, and let $B = \prod_{n=1}^{\infty}\{0,1\}$. Let $A_{k} = \bigcup_{n=1}^{k} D_{n}$, and let $B_{k} = ...
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Fine-grained way to measure infinity

It is known that the cardinality of $R$ is equal to the cardinality of $R^2$, $R^3$, etc. But, intuitively these sets have different sizes. A possible way to formalize this intuition is to talk about ...
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How does one prove that two sequences are equal at infinity?

I came up with $e = \sum_{n=0}^\infty \frac 1 {n!}$ (see here) I am now trying to prove that this is equivalent to $\lim_{n\to \infty} {(1+\frac1 n)}^n$ In general, how would one go about such a ...
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How do I show that infinite application of this function gives a constant?

I want to show that g(x) returns the same value independent of x and hence is a constant. $$g(x) = \lim_{n \rightarrow \infty}(\underbrace{f \circ f \circ \cdots \circ f}_{n\text{ times}})(x)$$ ...
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Is it true that the slope of a vertical line times the slope of a horizontal like don't equal $-1$, even though they're perpendicular?

I know that the slopes of two lines that are perpendicular have a value of $-1$ when multiplied because they're opposite reciprocals (e.g. $5$ and $-{1\over 5}$), but what if there's a horizontal and ...
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Hilbert's hotel with uncountably infinite rooms: can you fit $\mathbb R^2$ guests?

I'm trying to expand on Hilbert's paradox. The original version states that: Suppose there is a hotel with a countable infinity of rooms (eg. $\mathbb N$), all of which are occupied. ...
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Backward from infinity?

The following question has been raised and answered lately: Problem 6 - IMO 1985 Please take a look at the Reverse method part of the answer given by this author. What's happening there is that we ...
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What does “radical cube zero” mean?

My hobby is taking comics way too seriously. And I just came across a math topic. In a certain comic (Fantastic Four 51, according to some polls the greatest comic issue ever) there's a machine for ...
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Limit of constant function

I was reading a proof using Markov Chains in a finite state space $E$. Denote $p_{ij}(n) = P(X_n = j | X_0 = i)$. Since the state space is finite, then probability of landing somewhere in the state ...
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Prove infinity arithmatics

How do you prove $ \infty * (-\infty) = -\infty$ or $ \infty +\infty = \infty$? I thought it is an axiom, but have been there's is proof for that.
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Meaningful measures for comparing infinite dimensional geometric objects

I have two infinite-dimensional convex polytopes, call them $A$ and $B$. I know that $B$ is completely contained within $A$, and I want to say something meaningful about their relative sizes. From ...
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Relationship between ordinals and rank of well founded relations on $\mathbb N$

I want to understand the relation between ordinals and well founded relations on $\mathbb N$. I found a nice starting point here cut-the-knot/ordinals. Ordinals start like this 0={}, 1={0}, 2={0,1}, ...
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maximize an objective function with an infinite component

Suppose I have the following maximization problem: $\log\det(\alpha K_p)-c\alpha$ with respect to $\alpha$ with $c$ being a constant and $m$ being the dimension of $K_p$. Here, one of the eigenvalues ...
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Hadamard regularization isn't working out

As part of an exercise in a grad course on "mathematical methods" (always such a helpful name), I've been asked to evaluate $I=\int_0^{1/2}{(x^2-x+c)^{-2}dx}$ as a Hadamard finite part integral for $0 ...
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Probability in infinitary logic

Let X be a random variable taking the value 0.2 with probability 0.2, 0.4 with probability 0.4 and 0.8 with probability 0.2 and 1.0 with probability 0.2. Using Infinitary logic I can ask the ...
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Why is $y + 1$ infinite?

This is related to SO question : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/30150877/why-does-this-cause-ghci-to-hang but I'm having difficulty understanding why Haskell enters an infinite loop but since ...
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Laplace transform and “imaginary infinity”

I was recently studying Laplace transform for the first time, and I'd like to ask the following thing: there was an integral with limit of integration, something like that: a+j×infinity, j the ...
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find the supremum

Hi I'm trying to figure out for which values of $w$ of $u(x,t)$ the absolute value of the supremum of $u(x,t)$ is infinity. The function $u(x,t)$ is the following. According to my calculation is ...
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Compute a sum with finite and infinite elements

I would like to compute the following summation: $$ s = \sum_{i=1}^n a_i \, \Phi^{-1}(u_i) $$ where $\Phi^{-1}$ is the inverse of the standard Gaussian distribution function, $a_i$ are some real ...
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Limit of a sequence question

I have the following question in my assignment which I couldn't solve: Let $({a_n})$ and $({b_n})$ be two sequences, such that $\lim\limits_{n \to \infty}({a_n}{b_n}) =0 $ I have to prove if the ...
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Mapping from 'one infinity to another'.

I've been wondering about this for a while now. Consider the function $f(x)=\frac{1}{x}$. When $x\in(0,1)$, the function maps to the interval $(1,\infty)$. Conversely, anything in the interval ...
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Convention on infinity comparision

What's the difference between $-\infty \leq a \leq \infty$ and $-\infty < a < \infty$ conceptually or otherwise. It doesn't really affect the solution to the solution of this problem I'm ...
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is it in fact impossible to construct a machine which can know if a macine ever prints a character?

In $\S\ 8$ of his paper "On computable numbers, with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem" Turing uses his proof that $\mathfrak{D}$ (a machine which given the S.D. of another machine ...
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Integration help with Hermite polynomials or direct integration!

This is my formular: $$ \psi_2=N_2 (4y^2-1) e^{-y^2/2}, $$ where $y=x/a$, $a= \left( \frac{\hbar}{mk} \right)$, $N_2 = \sqrt{\frac{1}{8a\sqrt{\pi}}}$. Here is my integral: $$ <x^2> = ...
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Estimating the mean Euclidean distance between two overlapping, not-matching shapes

I’d like to determine the mean distance between two irregular overlapped, not-matching shapes ($X$ and $Y$). In $Figure 1$, $X$ is “visually above” $Y$, and that’s why we can’t see part of the $Y$ ...
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Circles and the continuum hypothesis

I was trying to understand the undecidable nature of the continuum hypothesis and came up with the following question: The set of circles with a rational diameter is countably infinite (with ...
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Check proof of union of denumerable sets is denumerable too

I need to prove: If $A$ and $B$ are denumerable sets then so is their union $A\cup B$. In this case, denumerable is defined as: A set $X$ is said to be denumerable if there is a bijection ...
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Cardinality of infinite between the set of rationals and set of reals

I remember learning that whether or not there is a cardinality of infinity between the set of rational numbers and the set of real numbers is unprovable. Is this true, and if so, how do we know it to ...
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How do you call a scale that starts at $∞$, has $1/n$ divisions and tends to $0$?

A linear scale $2n$ divisions: 0 2 4 6 8 Logarithmic scales $10^n$ divisions: 1 10 100 1000 10000 ...
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Dividing an infinite plane into regions

I am currently working on a computer program for computing layout of graph-based diagrams. Their content is placed in an "infinite" 2D plane with cartesian coordinates in the center of the diagram. ...
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Help with calculating infinite sum

I'm working on a problem, and I'm stuck in the calculations of finding $\sum_{0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{1+n^2}$ Suggestions on how to approach this calculation? Thanks! (Also, I used Fourier to get to ...
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How to observe infinity?

In my calculus course, there's example stated on the book: Given that $M$ is an ordered set and the sequence $\{a_n\}\subset M$, prove that there's a (weakly) monotonic subsequence of $\{a_n\}$. ...
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Optimization of infinite series. Dynamic programming.

I wonder how to optimize an infinite series using Classical (Lagrangian) method. For example:$$\sum_{t=1}^{\infty}\beta^{t-1}\ln c_t$$ subject to the constraint $$c_t+b_t\leq y_t+(1-r)b_{t-1}$$ ...
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How many different random numbers can you generate between zero and infinity?

My theory is that you can't generate any random number between zero and infinity. But thats kind of unexpected because you can generate 100 different random numbers between 0 and 100 and 1000 ...