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Zeno’s paradox

Thoughts of a physicist


Not everybody reading this will be aware of exactly what Zeno’s paradox is so I will begin by explaining that. Zeno was a Greek philosopher who came up with many paradoxes but I’m going to be talking about one particular one which very much interests me, the idea of infinite processes coming to an end. Just simply saying this makes absolutely no sense as if it is infinite, it has no final step so can’t end. But all of you are able to complete infinite processes every day. Just hold your hands up about a metre apart and move them together to clap, technically this process is infinite but as you have just witnessed has ended.

So why is this an infinite process? You can think of this process as moving your hand 1/2 further than you last moved it each time as you do in fact do this. If…

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