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Large numbers #math

๐Ÿ•›๏ธŽ - 2003-11-12

"The greatest thrill I remember from my girlhood -- better than my first kiss, first airplane flight, first taste of mango, first circuit around the ice rink without clinging to a grown-up's sleeve -- was the heart-lifting moment when I first understood Georg Cantor's Diagonal Proof of the nondenumerability of the real numbers. This proof, the Mona Lisa of set theory (to my mind, the most satisfying branch of mathematics), changed the way mathematicians thought about infinity."
- What's bigger than a kazillion?.

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