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A Crash Course On How Infinity Works

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Ron Mallett is a professor of physics at UConn.

Infinity is weird. It's neither even nor odd. It's not a number. Really, it's just a concept we use to summarize that which we can't understand.

On today's show mathematician Steven Strogatz (@stevenstrogatz), author of The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, From One to Infinity, took us on a voyage through never-ending sequences from Greek philosophy to modern day power sets. We explain how infinity can be bigger than infinity (your brain will hurt) and then turn our eyes to the heavens with astrophysicist Ron Mallett.

Mallett took some time away from working on his time machine (I'm serious about this) to help us understand how infinity plays out in the cosmos - from the frontiers of space to the centers of supermassive black holes.