Math Seminar: To Infinity and Beyond

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its second monthly Mathematics Seminar of the 2012-2013 academic year tomorrow, October 23, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 109 Cook.  Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Adjunct Instructor and Professional Tutor Kelly Rozin. The infinite has awed and inspired human thought for millennia.  This talk will be accessible to a wide audience and has the potential to promote significant discussion amongst students and faculty.  Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

“To Infinity and Beyond”

A great poet, William Blake, once wrote, “To see the world in a grain of sand, and see heaven in a wild flower, to hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.” One might think that these words are silly a paradox that can never exist, but others might think it’s possible. Can you really hold infinity in the palm of your hand? Is it tangible? Does it exist? This talk will go into the discovery and history of infinity and what it actually means to be infinite. It will also describe the different methods of proving infinity’s existence and how it is used in the world of mathematics and our everyday lives.

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