The meaning of infinity is something that’s so big it’s impossible to count with numbers and also impossible to imagine. The size of infinity can’t be measured by time, distance, mass, energy, volume, density, temperature or anything else. But infinity is used in math.
Infinity is a mathematical term that goes on forever and has no end. The value of pi which is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter seems to have no end. The number of molecules in the Earth seems to be infinite but the sun has millions more. The galaxy has an infinite number of molecules but there are millions of galaxies so the number of total particles must be infinite. Right, or wrong?
The Milky Way Galaxy seems enormous to us
I love Einstein’s saying about infinity. He said, “Two things are infinite. The universe and human stupidity and I’m not sure about the universe.” There’s a lot of humor and insight in that quote.
People often assume that the Universe is infinite and that nothing exists outside of the Universe. Is that stupidity talking without thinking?
If we talk about the size of the universe we say it’s infinite, it’s so large we can’t measure the size and it would take forever to reach the invisible horizon. Namely, we call the universe infinite and say that time and space is infinite. It seems that there are an infinite number of stars and they are so far away that it takes light billions of years to reach us from the stars that are visible to us. What about regions that are even farther away?
Mathematically the numbers are larger than we can imagine yet, calculus uses infinities in equations to mean that the numbers are too large to compute. The total value is an infinite amount.
Physicists however, don’t like infinities of any kind. It is assumed by physicists that no measurable quantity could have an infinite value.
For example, they say it’s impossible for any body to have infinite mass or infinite energy. Einstein said a particle can never travel at the speed of light because it would take an infinite amount of energy.
Cosmologists have been trying to discover if the universe has an infinite number of stars. Does the universe have infinite volume or space? They question if the universe goes on forever.
If you look at the Earth as a solid rock with a smooth surface and imagine an ant walking west at the equator. It would be an infinite distance for the ant before it gets back to where it started. Yet, the Earth is only a small planet in the vast universe.
By traveling in a straight line the ant returned to the start line. If the universe has a similar sphere shape could a particle of light travel around the universe back to its starting place?
The path around the circumference of the Earth is an infinite distance for the ant. If the light from a star travels around the circumference of the universe is that an infinite distance?
How many people reading believe that infinities exist in the universe and how many of you believe like Einstein that infinities don’t exist? Are you a physicist or a cosmologist?
Many people believe the universe is infinite and includes everything and that nothing else exists outside the universe. They would be kind of like a cosmologist or an ant looking into vast space and feeling it’s infinite and nothing else exists.
A physicist looks at the data in a different way. They measure the amount of mass in the universe. They estimate the age of the universe and they measure the shape and size of the visible universe. They don’t believe in infinities.
They estimate that the Big bang started the universe about 13.8 billion years ago. The mass in the universe is about 1.5 x 10^53 kg and the diameter of the visible universe is ~ 8.8 x 10^26 meters.
That information tells us that the Universe was born and that it’s evolving and growing bigger. Where there is a birth there’s a death and real infinities don’t exist.
A metaphysical person tries to understand how the Universe was made and where it came from. They are thinking outside of the box. Sure, they don’t have the measurements that the rest of the scientists have. But, they use the available data to support the context that there is something beyond the physical realms.
The Big bang created the Universe but what created the Big bang? Do you believe in a creator or that the universe was only a construct of some kind of physical phenomena?
Do you believe that this is all there is or do you believe that there is another spiritual world that exists. Maybe you will be born again as another soul to live another life?
The Universe doesn’t make any sense without a creator. However, that creator or creators are acting outside of the realm of infinity. Let me explain…
I believe in the power of our Source, the birthplace of consciousness, often called God. The reason I’m bringing up God is because the meaning of infinity describes God. This is not about any religion or belief that humans have.
God is omnipotent (all powerful), omnipresent (eternal), omniscient (all knowing). The Source has infinite power, everlasting life and infinite wisdom. There is nothing that is above this Source, no other gods, no other power and no other time.
The description of God is a remarkable and infinite thing. Yet the energy and power of infinity is kind of static, it just is. The Source needs a way to process and use infinite power in such a way that other souls can experience and evolve his consciousness. No man and no god exists alone.
You and I are some of the other souls and we are here to learn, experience and evolve.
God is the only infinity that exists. That’s why the Universe has no infinities. The infinity that created this universe wouldn’t have the power or intent of creating another infinity.
Now you know what Infinity is and that the universe has only one infinity. However, you could say that we are part of the Oneness of everything. Being a part of infinity doesn’t make the Universe infinite.
Infinity is so large it’s impossible to count or imagine
Infinite numbers are used in math and by cosmologists
The size of the universe seems to be infinite
Physicists and Einstein don’t believe that infinities exist
The Source of the Universe is infinite
The universe has no infinities because nothing is above Source infinity
We experience and help the evolution of Source
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Erik has a BSc degree and is a retired professional photographer who is now a published Author of many books. His passion is understanding how life and the universe works. He is currently blogging about the science of the Big Bang and the science of cosmology. Erik is helping his tribe with questions about the universe. His goal is to help find a theory of everything (TOE). In order to do that, he is trying to prove light has mass and that the fabric of spacetime is a false theory. We are welcoming questions and answers that you might have about the universe.