Shared April 9, 2016
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Sources and links to learn more below!
I’m very grateful to mathematician Hugh Woodin, Professor of Philosophy and Mathematics at Harvard, for taking the time on multiple occasions to discuss this topic with me and help me wrap my (finite) head around it.
I’m also grateful to David Eisenbud, the Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) and professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, for his help and for connecting me with Hugh Woodin.
And of course, big thanks to Brady Haran who created the “mile of pi” seen in this video and connected me with all these mathematicians in the first place. His channel, Numberphile, is superb: https://www.youtube.com/user/numberphile
BOOKS related to these topics that I used:
“The Outer Limits of Reason” by Noson S. Yanofsky: http://amzn.com/0262019353
“Infinity and The Mind” by Rudy Rucker: http://amzn.com/0691121273
“Roads to Infinity” by John C. Stilwell: http://amzn.com/1568814666
“More Precisely: The Math You Need to Do Philosophy” by Eric Steinhart: http://amzn.com/1551119099
“Satan, Cantor and Infinity: Mind-Boggling Puzzles” by Raymond M. Smullyan: http://amzn.com/0486470369
classic book that helps introduce concept of axioms: “Introduction to the Foundations of Mathematics” by Raymond L. Wilder: http://amzn.com/0486488209
Hugh Woodin speaking about infinity at the World Science Festival: https://youtu.be/KDCJZ81PwVM?t=29m45s
Names of large (finite) numbers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_o...
The biggest number: https://goo.gl/maps/7GWcpnzo7iG2
Fovant badges: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fovant_...
Battalion Park: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battali...
A mile of pi [VIDEO]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0r3cE...
Wikipedia’s great visualization of ordinals out to omega^omega: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Om...
as seen on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordinal...
this is also a good page about ordinals: http://math.wikia.com/wiki/Ordinal_Nu...
and: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_type and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Well-order
THE UNREASONABLE EFFECTIVENSS OF MATHEMATICS IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES
Large Cardinal game based on 2048: http://cantorontheshore.blogspot.it/2...
Other good resources:
Which Way Is Down?
A Game You Can Always Win
How Much of the Earth Can You See at Once?
Laws & Causes
How to Talk to Aliens
How Earth Moves
The Zipf Mystery
How Big Can a Person Get?
Hilbert's Curve: Is infinite math useful?
What Is The Speed of Dark?
What Does Earth Look Like?
What If Everyone JUMPED At Once?
The Infinite Hotel Paradox - Jeff Dekofsky