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I'm the mind swaying silently from behind observing the kind of timeless rhyme ancient cultures perceived divine
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    God, zero, and infinity: A Reflection
    "You remember that existence of God thing that I had so much trouble understanding? Well guess what? I think I'm starting to grasp it now. Maybe just maybe it's a concept that similar to zero in mathematics. In other words, it's a symbol that denies the absence of meaning — The meaning that's necessitated by the delineation of one system from another. In analog that's God, in digital that's zero."
    - Tachkoma droid explaining the concept of God to a droid, Ghost in the Shell (Stand Alone Complex)

    "A child once asked me if I believe in God. I said, 'God is a concept like zero — does zero exist?'"
    - Larry Bierman

    "The Babylonians invented it, the Greeks banned it, the Hindus worshipped it, and the Church used it to fend off heretics. For centuries, the power of zero savored of the demonic; once harnessed, it became the most important tool in mathematics. [Zero has journeyed through history] as an Eastern philosophical concept [and struggled] to gain acceptance in Europe, and [has become] the apotheosis of the mystery of the black hole. Today, zero lies at the heart of one of the biggest scientific controversies of all time, the quest for a theory of everything..."
    - Zero, The Biography of a Dangerous Idea (Charles Seife) - notations added by me

    "Zero and infinity always looked suspiciously alike. Multiply zero by anything and you get zero. Multiply infinity by anything and you get infinity. Dividing a number by zero yields infinity; dividing a number by infinity yields zero. Adding zero to a number leaves the number unchanged. Adding a number to infinity leaves infinity unchanged....Zero and infinity are two sides of the same coin - equal and opposite, yin and yang, equally powerful adversaries at either end of the realm of numbers. The troublesome nature of zero lies with the strange power of the infinite, and it is possible to understand the infinite by studying zero."
    - Charles Seife

    Tue, May 19, 2009  Permanent link
    Categories: God, zero, infinity
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