Infinity

by Charles Stirton August. 08, 2007 6047 views

Infinity

The word infinity [en.wikipedia.org] comes from the Latin infinitas or “unboundedness.” It refers to several distinct concepts (usually linked to the idea of “without end”) which arise in philosophy, mathematics, and theology.

The Isha Upanishad of the Yajurveda (c. 4th to 3rd century BC) states that “if you remove a part from infinity or add a part to infinity, still what remains is infinity”.

Pūrṇam adaḥ pūrṇam idam (That is full, this is full)
pūrṇāt pūrṇam udacyate (From the full, the full is subtracted)
pūrṇasya pūrṇam ādāya (When the full is taken from the full)
pūrṇam evāvasiṣyate (The full still will remain.) - Isha Upanishad

One of the closest ways we have come to understand infinity is through fractal mathematics.

Videos

1. There are things such as the Mandelbrot Set that exist that can be magnified forever and have infinite precision. They exist but are untouchable. This video is a history of the Mandelbrot Set and is called The Colours of infinity [video.google.com]. It is narrated by Arthur C. Clarke. The film has stunning pictures of ever-changing complexity and if you have never heard of fractals before enter here and change your view of our universe forever. Fractals have been called the The Thumbprint of God

2. Watch stunning pictures of the Aurora Borealis while you listen to the song Let me Go [youtube.com] by Infinity. If you don't like disco beat turn down the picture and enjoy the pictures.

Poem

In the Sky of Infinity
By: Sri Chinmoy
From: Supreme, Teach me how to cry Bengali Songbook

O bird, you fly in the sky of Infinity.
Tell me, is flying your only game?
Tell me, how do you fly in the infinite blue welkin?
My soulful eyes look at you with all admiration.
My heart pines to fly like you.
O bird, you fly in the sky of Infinity.


The pictures in this posting were taken this week in the city of Bath, England. The sky shots were reflections off the new Bath Spa building and are 4 rotations of the same picture. The fifth picture of the seagull was taken flying over the Weir below Pultney Bridge in bath.

1. “If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all.” Bertrand Russell

2. “One cannot long remain so absorbed in contemplation of emptiness without being increasingly attracted to it. In vain one bestows on it the name of infinity; this does not change its nature. When one feels such pleasure in non-existence, one's inclination can be completely satisfied only by completely ceasing to exist.” Emile Durkheim

3. “The 'infinity' is spread all over!! The 'infinity' and the 'boundless one' (God) both meet at a point. ” Atharva Veda

4. “Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.” Blaise Pascal

5. O bird, you fly in the sky of Infinity.
Tell me, is flying your only game?

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Chris 13 years, 2 months ago

Superb set!

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Viktorija 13 years, 2 months ago

these are so great. #3 goes to my fav (believe me - it was really hard to pick the best one:)

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Magpy 13 years, 2 months ago

I really like these!

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Colin 13 years, 2 months ago

Makes me realise,,,,just how much [u]I am not[/u] an artful photographer!

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Txerra Cirbian 13 years, 2 months ago

Impressionant! Buenos "reflejos" y mejor gaviota.

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Storytaylor 13 years, 2 months ago

superb set sevendipity. no words to describe your work

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K.Grundler 13 years, 2 months ago

i like sky...

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Lynda 13 years, 2 months ago

Love the photos and the words. May I add a quote ( most unscientific)

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.
--Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Makai Dunne 13 years, 2 months ago

Great set and very informative post. Thank you for sharing.

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Chris 13 years, 2 months ago

great set!

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Carley 13 years, 2 months ago

Breathtaking shots! And very good words to go with them!

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Niloofar 13 years, 2 months ago

great... i like it

13 years, 2 months ago Edited
Lisa 13 years, 2 months ago

Incredible shots!

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Irena Frã¶Hlichovã¡ 13 years, 2 months ago

Good work, nice idea.

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Cherax 13 years, 2 months ago

I love your pictures here, including the seagull (you have a dust either on your lens, or on the sensor). The reflections are really interesting.

I believe there are degrees of infinity - mathematically, one infinity may be larger than another.

You've probably heard of the [i]googleplex[/i], but have you heard of the [i]gazzilioplex[/i]? This is defined as the largest number you can think of, plus 1.

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Jorge Cardoso 13 years, 2 months ago

Sri Chinmoy... the Vedas... you go a long way... to infinity...

me... I remember Mahavishnu Orchestra :)

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Matthiaskong 13 years, 2 months ago

great Reflection. In life.

13 years, 2 months ago Edited
Pete 13 years, 2 months ago

great set and great words

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