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former1dog

06-26-2007, 01:47 PM

... How many posts would it take to reach infinity if the first post in the thread was

1 x 2

the second

2 x 3

the third

6 x 7

the fourth

42 x 43

etc..

RenoZag

06-26-2007, 01:57 PM

... How many posts would it take to reach infinity if the first post in the thread was . . .

How the heck do you reach infinity without getting a martini involved in the process ?

former1dog

06-26-2007, 01:58 PM

How the heck do you reach infinity without getting a martini involved in the process ?

Personally, I favor some Glenn Fiddich and water....

Yummmmmmm, Scotch....:drool:

Bocco

06-26-2007, 02:33 PM

Personally, I favor some Glenn Fiddich and water....

Yummmmmmm, Scotch....:drool:

neat would do me just fine, single malts okay, blended can be left in the bottle.

Bocco

06-26-2007, 02:37 PM

... How many posts would it take to reach infinity if the first post in the thread was

1 x 2

the second

2 x 3

the third

6 x 7

the fourth

42 x 43

etc..

former1...i think it would take about this many posts: http://id.mind.net/~zona/mmts/miscellaneousMath/infinityAndSymbol/Inf2.gif but I'm not a math geek so I'm not really sure.:D

former1dog

06-26-2007, 02:42 PM

former1...i think it would take about this many posts: http://id.mind.net/~zona/mmts/miscellaneousMath/infinityAndSymbol/Inf2.gif but I'm not a math geek so I'm not really sure.:D

That might be correct, but I don't think so.

Bocco

06-26-2007, 02:48 PM

That might be correct, but I don't think so.

well then how about this http://upload.wikimedia.org/math/2/4/c/24ce3ddd88d39e1052cb8262ed701be2.png

former1dog

06-26-2007, 02:54 PM

well then how about this http://upload.wikimedia.org/math/2/4/c/24ce3ddd88d39e1052cb8262ed701be2.png

You're getting colder.

Bocco

06-26-2007, 03:01 PM

You're getting colder.

if not http://upload.wikimedia.org/math/2/4/c/24ce3ddd88d39e1052cb8262ed701be2.png then how about http://upload.wikimedia.org/math/8/a/4/8a48d644ef27e86e4d86e9529554c6cf.png

former1dog

06-26-2007, 03:04 PM

if not http://upload.wikimedia.org/math/2/4/c/24ce3ddd88d39e1052cb8262ed701be2.png then how about http://upload.wikimedia.org/math/8/a/4/8a48d644ef27e86e4d86e9529554c6cf.png

:confused: :confused:

Bocco

06-26-2007, 03:10 PM

Well fine its obvious that math and infinity is not my strong points lets switch to string theory.

http://www.fotosearch.com/thumb/PHC/PHC002/200318822-001.jpg (javascript:popupWindow('http://www.cheesesupply.com/popup_image.php?pID=249'))

and this is about the sum total of my knowledge of string theory.

former1dog

06-26-2007, 03:18 PM

In theory, you could tether a satellite orbiting the earth to the surface of the earth with a really strong string, thus creating a "space elevator". How's that for a string theory.

:D

Bocco

06-26-2007, 03:22 PM

I decided you misspelled Infiniti

http://images.consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/autoreview/400x266/2005-Infiniti-FX-04804071990005.jpg

now this type of infiniti makes sense.

lothar98zag

06-26-2007, 04:04 PM

in the foo, it would take 69 posts to reach what you want to reach.

former1dog

06-26-2007, 04:05 PM

in the foo, it would take 69 posts to reach what you want to reach.

That is an awesome, but incorrect, answer.

lothar98zag

06-26-2007, 04:08 PM

That is an awesome, but incorrect, answer.

that's what she said...

...to you.

23dpg

06-26-2007, 05:52 PM

That might be correct, but I don't think so.

Really? I can't think of an answer besides infinity. Is this a riddle or a joke?

Pallet

06-26-2007, 07:13 PM

At every step, the numbers are finite, so you would never reach infinity.

Also, infinity is a limit, not a number, so the question doesn't make sense, perfect for the foo.

Bocco

06-26-2007, 07:59 PM

At every step, the numbers are finite, so you would never reach infinity.

Also, infinity is a limit, not a number, so the question doesn't make sense, perfect for the foo.

In general, infinity is the quality or state of endlessness or having no limits in terms of time, space, or other quantity. In mathematics, infinity is the conceptual expression of such a "numberless" number.

former1dog

06-26-2007, 08:25 PM

In general, infinity is the quality or state of endlessness or having no limits in terms of time, space, or other quantity. In mathematics, infinity is the conceptual expression of such a "numberless" number.

:D

Now you guys are on to something....

Bocco

06-27-2007, 05:00 AM

Related to inifinity? Eternity?

St. Augustine wrote that time exists only within the created universe, so that God exists outside of time; for God there is no past or future, but only an eternal present. One need not believe in God in order to hold this concept of eternity: for example, an atheist mathematician can maintain the philosophical tenet that numbers and the relationships among them exist outside of time, and so are in that sense eternal.

a13coach

06-27-2007, 07:41 AM

This is so not FOO.

:D

sonuvazag

06-27-2007, 08:04 AM

... How many posts would it take to reach infinity if the first post in the thread was

1 x 2

the second

2 x 3

the third

6 x 7

the fourth

42 x 43

etc..

For the Pythagoreans:

n = n(n+1), n2 = n(n+1){[n(n+1)]+1}

so this would be series of numbers where n(n+1), n2(n2+1), [(n x n+1) x (n x n+1)] x [, ... CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Infinite is what my frustration is approaching.

The notation is not working for me on this so I give up... but fibonacci numbers come to mind as an example of nature reinforcing such strange numeric sequences or is it strange numeric sequences reinforcing nature? hmmm. eternal foo for thought.

a13coach

06-27-2007, 08:15 AM

... How many posts would it take to reach infinity if the first post ...

Shouldn't that be inFOOnity?

former1dog

06-27-2007, 01:39 PM

The answer would be:

UNDEFINED.

In a way, I guess it was a trick question. But, this is a bright crowd.

lothar98zag

06-27-2007, 01:41 PM

The answer would be:

UNDEFINED.

In a way, I guess it was a trick question. But, this is a bright crowd.

How do we know your answer is correct?

Prove it!

kitzbuel

06-27-2007, 01:48 PM

The answer is 42.

former1dog

06-27-2007, 01:49 PM

How do we know your answer is correct?

Prove it!

no, prove me wrong.

lothar98zag

06-27-2007, 01:57 PM

no, prove me wrong.

Ha! Lothar knew you were full of it...

...still.

sonuvazag

06-27-2007, 02:01 PM

The answer would be:

UNDEFINED.

In a way, I guess it was a trick question. But, this is a bright crowd.You'll always get irrational answers from an irrational question. "Undefined" could be considered another word for infinity, though the connatations are far different... the latin root finire is identical and the idea of defining anything is creating boundries or limits so to say something is undefined means it has no bounds and is limitless... like infinity... except infinity sounds all-encompassing and connective whereas undefined sounds vague, unclear, and meaningless.

On another note, former, can you help me find investments that grow my money as fast as your sequence?

FIN

Pallet

06-27-2007, 05:55 PM

My wife is working on a Ph.D. in Math and after reading this thread, she muttered "this is why I don't talk about math with people" and walked away. So I guess that no one of us really knows what we're talking about, although she was impressed by the Fibonacci numbers comment.

Rubbadub

06-27-2007, 06:34 PM

My wife is working on a Ph.D. in Math and after reading this thread, she muttered "this is why I don't talk about math with people" and walked away. So I guess that no one of us really knows what we're talking about, although she was impressed by the Fibonacci numbers comment.

I just got a negative rep that said, "Great thread - Pallet". Explain yourself buddy.

Bocco

06-27-2007, 08:04 PM

My wife is working on a Ph.D. in Math and after reading this thread, she muttered "this is why I don't talk about math with people" and walked away. So I guess that no one of us really knows what we're talking about, although she was impressed by the Fibonacci numbers comment.

I think this was more of a philosophical discussion than a mathematics, and if you wife is anything like my son who is an engineer, idle philosophical discussions are pointless, which in foo is the point.

BTW I think the only philosophy course he felt had any value was logic.

Pallet

06-27-2007, 08:17 PM

My mistake, I meant to give you positive rep, must have hit the wrong button. I promise to make it up to you when I can rep again.

Bocco

06-27-2007, 08:22 PM

My mistake, I meant to give you positive rep, must have hit the wrong button. I promise to make it up to you when I can rep again.

Its okay we all know that you thought you were Reppin UberZag:D

BTW did my rep filly make it through to you. I know you said the first time I tried you got nothing even though the system let me rep you multiple times. Of course the fact that it let me rep you multiple times probably explains why you never got the rep I gave you.

Computers are all 0's and 1's to me anyway.

Rubbadub

06-27-2007, 08:22 PM

No worries :)

Bocco

06-27-2007, 08:29 PM

No worries :)

Hey Rub,

Another 188 posts tonite and you'll catch Uber. :D

Rubbadub

06-27-2007, 08:45 PM

Hey Rub,

Another 188 posts tonite and you'll catch Uber. :D

Ahm...I'll try 20

23dpg

06-28-2007, 10:48 AM

The answer is 42.

I get that.:)

ZagPants

06-28-2007, 11:53 AM

Yes, I see what you did there.

TheBeast

06-28-2007, 12:31 PM

The answer is 42.

Hitchhiker's and Buckaroo fan? My head asplodes with that awesomeness.

sonuvazag

06-28-2007, 12:38 PM

One of my teachers in high school said without reference that the answer to all questions leads to 42. It took me years to find out he didn't just make that up.

former1dog

06-28-2007, 01:07 PM

42 would be an interesting answer, but it cannot be correct.

Bocco

06-30-2007, 04:01 PM

In theory, you could tether a satellite orbiting the earth to the surface of the earth with a really strong string, thus creating a "space elevator". How's that for a string theory.:D

http://www.welaf.com/resources/files/1137253723.jpg

lothar98zag

07-01-2007, 10:25 PM

Lothar likes numbers

lothar98zag

07-01-2007, 10:25 PM

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lothar98zag

07-01-2007, 10:25 PM

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lothar98zag

07-01-2007, 10:25 PM

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lothar98zag

07-01-2007, 10:26 PM

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07-01-2007, 10:26 PM

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07-01-2007, 10:26 PM

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07-01-2007, 10:26 PM

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lothar98zag

07-01-2007, 10:27 PM

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07-01-2007, 10:27 PM

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lothar98zag

07-01-2007, 10:27 PM

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sonuvazag

07-02-2007, 06:43 AM

41

42

Rubbadub

05-23-2008, 06:00 AM

Rub is going to do his part to keep the spirit of Lothar alive in the Foo.

MedZag

05-23-2008, 06:17 AM

The answer is... THREEVE.

83topper

05-23-2008, 01:43 PM

sixeven

Das Zagger

05-23-2008, 08:24 PM

eleventeen?

former1dog

08-24-2016, 02:47 PM

At every step, the numbers are finite, so you would never reach infinity.

Also, infinity is a limit, not a number, so the question doesn't make sense, perfect for the foo.

Party pooper.

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