Keyla Arana – My Introduction to Infinity
Pi is perhaps the greatest example of infinity, simply because it is a number that goes on forever and ever. There is no end to it. This is why I chose to represent it in a photo.
Infinity means being infinite; infinite means being limitless or endless.
When I was much younger, about 5 or 6, the greatest number I knew was a billion. Then one day, in that same year, my sister, who was about 11 at the time told me about the “number” infinity. She explained to me that it was the greatest of all numbers. It is quite obvious to me now that she was wrong, but for about a year, I believed all that she had told me about infinity. I thought that it was a number that you can actually get by adding or multiplying.
It was when one of my teachers told me about infinity that I actually understood it’s real meaning. I was surprised and confused at the same time. It took me a while to realize that the number line never ended, simply because you can always add one to any large number and get an even larger number, like a billion and one.
Even though I know of infinity’s true definition, I still use it as if it were just a large number (only when describing something), for example, when I tell someone I love them, sometimes I say “I love you times infinity plus one”.
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