The year was 1988. I was in the 5th grade. I remember sitting in class and, I have no idea if we were discussing math or space travel or what, but the idea of infinity popped into my head. And in my little, 10-year-old brain a movie started playing. I visualized a spaceship leaving Earth and whizzing out into space; past Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and on and on, into the void. Into forever. I suddenly understood how immense, how seemingly endless, space is and that my little spaceship would never, ever reach ‘the end’ of anything. That thought scared the crap out of me and made me giddy, all at once.
As far as I can remember, this is the first time I had understood the meaning of the word ‘infinite’. Of course that meaning has been refined as I have gotten older and come to understand the concept in more detail. But in that moment, I was scared and exhilarated all at once. I still feel butterflies in my stomach when I picture that little spaceship sailing on, 23 years later.
When you think of The Infinite, what comes to mind? Can you visualize it? Can you hear it? Is it an equation or a fractal? A static hiss? Have you ever found an illustration of the concept that helped you to understand it? Is it just too abstract or huge for you to wrap your mind around?
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