Reader: Weirdness of infinity shows that the universe is not infinitely old
|March 27, 2017||Posted by News under Cosmology, Intelligent Design, Mathematics|
In response to: Math prof: Be careful what we do with infinity. Weird things can happen: “Some weird things are like 1 = 0, not just weird, but undesirable. So we try to build our mathematical ideas to avoid those. But other weird things don’t contradict logic, they just contradict normal life,”
a reader writes,
Indeed, when you introduce ‘infinity’ into your equation, one of the (far worse than “weird” or “undesirable”) results you get is that 1=0 , which is a logical contradiction/impossibility (which is to say, utterly impossible).
Or, to put this another way, you can “prove” anything with a false premise.
And, this “result” that 1=0 is one more way we can know that the age of the universe is not infinite.
See also: Durston and Craig on an infinite temporal past . . .
Cosmologist: In an infinite multiverse, physics loses its ability to make predictions. And that’s okay.
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