Monday, March 1, 2010

Infinity plus one

In this one-off documentary, David Malone looks at four brilliant mathematicians - Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing - whose genius has profoundly affected us, but which tragically drove them insane and eventually led to them all committing suicide.

I guess thinking about infinity and then infinities multiplied by infinities can overwhelm your brain. We owe these men a lot even though most of us don't recognize it or even know these names. I'm glad that I don't have to try to understand this stuff though, even though I find it fascinating.

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