# Where are the words “potential infinity” and “actual infinity” originally from?

Actual Infinite. One of the most important contributions that Aristotle had made to to study of infinity is identifying a dichotomy between what Aristotle calls the “potential infinite” and the “actual infinite”.

## Where did the word infinity originate from?

Infinity has its own special symbol: ∞. The symbol, sometimes called the lemniscate, was introduced by clergyman and mathematician John Wallis in 1655. The word “lemniscate” comes from the Latin word lemniscus, which means “ribbon,” while the word “infinity” comes from the Latin word infinitas, which means “boundless.”

## What is the difference between potential infinity an actual infinity?

Aristotle’s potential–actual distinction

He distinguished between actual and potential infinity. Actual infinity is completed and definite, and consists of infinitely many elements. Potential infinity is never complete: elements can be always added, but never infinitely many.

## What does Aristotle mean when he says that an infinity is potential rather than actual?

If a statute potentially-is, that means that there will be an actual statute. The infinite does not potentially exist in this sense — there will be no actual infinite. Rather, to say `there is the infinite’, according to Aristotle, means that one thing after another will be coming into being.

## Who discovered the different types of infinity?

As German mathematician Georg Cantor demonstrated in the late 19th century, there exists a variety of infinities—and some are simply larger than others.

## What is metaphysical infinity?

Infinity in Physical Science. From a metaphysical perspective, the theories of mathematical physics seem to be ontologically committed to objects and their properties. If any of those objects or properties are infinite, then physics is committed to there being infinity within the physical world.

## What is the biggest number besides infinity?

There is no biggest, last number … except infinity. Except infinity isn’t a number. But some infinities are literally bigger than others.

## Do numbers ever end?

The sequence of natural numbers never ends, and is infinite. So, when we see a number like “0.999…” (i.e. a decimal number with an infinite series of 9s), there is no end to the number of 9s. You cannot say “but what happens if it ends in an 8?”, because it simply does not end.

## Is Omega larger than infinity?

ABSOLUTE INFINITY !!! This is the smallest ordinal number after “omega”. Informally we can think of this as infinity plus one.

## What’s the highest number known to man?

Googol. It is a large number, unimaginably large. It is easy to write in exponential format: 10100, an extremely compact method, to easily represent the largest numbers (and also the smallest numbers). With the smallest of effort, you can also present it in the full format: a “one” followed by one hundred “zeros”.

## Is there an end to pi?

There is no end with pi, I would love to try with more digits,” she told BBC News. It would take 332,064 years to say the 31.4 trillion digit number. Google announced the news in a blog on Pi Day (14 March – “3.14” in American date notation).

## What is the number 1000000000000000000000000?

Some Very Big, and Very Small Numbers

Name The Number Symbol
septillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Y
sextillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 Z
quintillion 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 E

## What is the last number in the world?

Notice how it’s spelled: G-O-O-G-O-L not G-O-O-G-L-E. The number googol is a one with a hundred zeros. It got its name from a nine-year old boy. A googol is more than all the hairs in the world.

## How many years is 1 googol seconds?

A googol seconds is about a sexvigintillion (1081) times the estimated age of the universe. A googol angstroms is approximately 100 trevigintillion light-years.

## Is G-O-O-G-L-E a number?

A googol equals 1 followed by 100 zeros. Googol is a mathematical term to describe a huge quantity.

## What number is before G-O-O-G-L-E?

Quintillion: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000. Nonillion: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Decillion: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. Googol: 1 followed by 100 zeros.
Place Values After Million.

Place Value Number of Zeroes Exponential Notation
Googol 100 10100
Googolplex 10100 10(10100)

## What is vigintillion?

Definition of vigintillion

US : a number equal to 1 followed by 63 zeros — see Table of Numbers also, British : a number equal to 1 followed by 120 zeros — see Table of Numbers.

## What is the biggest number in history?

Prof Hugh Woodin, University of California, USA – “One of the largest numbers we have a name for is a googol, and it’s one followed by a hundred zeroes. A hundred zeroes is a lot because each zero represents another factor of 10.”