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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lecture on Infinity

Enrico Bombieri, IBM von Neumann Professor, School of Mathematics. This lecture, accessible to a wide audience, explores how mathematics has arrived at its present pragmatic view of infinity and some of the counterintuitive paradoxes, as well as some of the positive results, deriving from its acceptance. It concludes with a view of how computer science is leading today to a new precise concept, namely the impossibly large in the realm of the finite.

Supposedly accessible to a wide audience. Find the lecture at this link.

Update: Boring. Slow. Amazing people actually take the time to sit in and listen to this bloke. People like this are responsible for the fact that mathematics has such a low appeal to many. - Nothing shows he actually wanted the talk to succeed. His "slideshow" is a notepad file. He must have a big name. Only names get away with a performance like that.

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