The newest talking point in math circles is about the size of infinity. But if infinity is endless, can it be circumscribed by a particular size? This curious topic is raising several questions that are being debated; nothing is yet completely proven or tested. That makes the discussion even more exciting, throwing open many possibilities.That infinity could come in many sizes is something that modern set theorists are exploring, looking at adding more axioms and building on the conventional continuum hypothesis, that is, hypothesising what we term as ‘real numbers’ that fill the number line. But new research says, according to a write-up in Quanta magazine, that “most with never-ending digits, like 3.14159 – outnumber ‘natural numbers’ like 1, 2 and 3, even though there are infinitely many of both.” Does this mean that the total number of real numbers is unknowable, or that there could be multiple infinities with their own totals of numbers, which, if added up, could in fact point to the size of math infinity?This is as far as I could decipher from a write-up that talked of infinite numbers in mathematics, but it triggered a metaphysical thought train. When we talk of infinite space, the infinite nature of human consciousness and the infinite permutations, combinations and possibilities in nature, are we talking of an eternally evolving universe and consciousness where, again, the size of infinity is not cast in stone; could these infinities come in different sizes?Can one assign a number to infinity, in numeric or other terms? If we consider the theory that the universe is expanding and that all cosmic bodies are, like spots on an inflating balloon, getting farther and farther apart, then there is the possibility that the “balloon” bursts and the universe collapses into itself. And begins all over again, continuing the infinite cycle of birth and death. This is infinity in the physical universe. The metaphysical dimension is more expansive.Narayani Ganesh
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