Sunday, August 08, 2010

8-8, Just 8-8, Not 8-8-10.

Not eight-eight, but the infinity sign twice. It’s probably here on the keyboard somewhere, but I don’t know how to access it. So we have two infinities, if that is at all possible. One infinity is, well, infinite; can you possibly have two of them? “It’s infinitely infinite” is a strange way of expressing the concept.

Sometimes, when I am out on the deck of the m.s. Maasdam at night, cruising far out at sea and lying back on a deck chair, flat out facing up, I think about all the galaxies (300 billion of them) and the stars in each (+/-300 billion) and whether or not there are other universes we just don’t have contact with, or ever will. I think there are.

How many? I posit the lowest possible number of universes that could exist would be a googleplex to the power of a googleplex. God is infinite and would probably delight in creating as many people as possible to be with him eternally. So why not make a whole bunch of universes and populate them to live with him?

A googleplex is a pretty big number. Carl Sagan said writing the number would require more space than the known universe provides. Probably a trillion times. Taking the time to write this might be 10 to the 82nd power of the age of the universe. I want to raise this to the power of a googleplex as to the number of universes.

Well, why not? An infinite being can handle a number at least that large. And I think this is the minimum. Let’s check when we get there, ok?


Blogger D.B. Echo said...

Alt then 2 then 3 then 6!

Now, let's see about superscripts...

August 16, 2010 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to wonder about Zeno's Paradox - you can't move from point A to Point B because you would have to cross an infinite number of half-way points, making the journey impossible. Then I discovered wine, women, and song. Well, disregard the song business.

August 16, 2010 2:45 PM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

DB -- doesn't work for me. Held down ALT and typed the three numbers.

What am I doing wrong?

August 16, 2010 3:17 PM  
Anonymous RuthC said...

You're using the wrong part of your keyboard. This came up in another blog entry when you didn't know how to make the accent when typing in French.

You need to use the number pad area + hold the alt key, then type in the code.
It will look like this:

August 24, 2010 5:43 PM  

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