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Single Idea 22886

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

Full Idea

The concept of a 'limit' allows for an infinite number of finite quantities to add up to a finite sum.

Gist of Idea

The modern idea of 'limit' allows infinite quantities to have a finite sum


Adrian Bardon (Brief History of the Philosophy of Time [2013], 1 'Aristotle's')

Book Reference

Bardon,Adrian: 'Brief History of the Philosophy of Time' [OUP 2013], p.15

A Reaction

This is only if the terms 'converge' on some end point. Limits are convenient fictions.