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What is smallet number

Aug 27, 2021

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Aug 27, 2021
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What is smallet number

There is no such thing as the smallest number, because no matter what number somebody suggests, I can always subtract 1 from it to make another number that is yet smaller.  Take note that we're talking about numbers.

There's a concept called infinity, which means everything in the universe, so since it's already everything there's no way to make it larger.  It might be a stretch, but IF there could be a negative infinity – which I won't even try to explain – one might argue that negative infinity is the inverse or opposite of infinity.  One might, but I'm not that one.  But always remember that infinity is not a number, and we can not use it in calculations the same way we use a number.

What we can do is use infinity as a concept.  It's legitimate to talk about something like the limit of y as x approaches infinity.  That's an asymptote and we see those all the time.

Aug 27, 2021