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Single Idea 13151

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 5. The Infinite / a. The Infinite]

Full Idea

It is an error that all infinites are equal.

Gist of Idea

Not all infinites are equal


Isaac Newton (Letters to Bentley [1692], 1693.01.17)

Book Reference

Newton,Isaac: 'Philosophical Writings' [CUP 2004], p.99

A Reaction

There follows a discussion of the mathematicians' view of infinity. Cantor was not the first to notice that there is more than one sort of of infinity.