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11/18/05 6:35 PM
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kumikata
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I had a question for those more philosophically orientated than myself. Can an item be divided infinetly? Take a fraction for instance. You go from 1 to 1/2 to 1/4 to 1/8...can this go on infinetly? If not, at what point could you not break something down any further? Thanks.
11/19/05 5:19 AM
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Edited: 19-Nov-05
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I think it depends what you mean with an item. I think physically, items can de divided only to a certain limit, down to quarks as it is now. But I would say that matematical "objects" can be divided infinetly. maybe Dogbert could enlighten us here.
11/19/05 1:36 PM
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It depends if it's a physical item, which can only go down to the smallest atomic portion you allow, like a quark. You can logically divide that quark in 1/2 though, even though it can't be physically separated. It depends on the characteristics you allow for division. This reflects an ability to label something, that's it, it's not a true division in our world.
11/23/05 9:13 PM
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12/6/05 11:07 PM
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theoretically, it can be dividied infinitely. in practice, no.
3/2/06 6:34 PM
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Xeno's paradox, i believe
3/8/06 1:27 AM
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BrainofPJ, Zeno's Paradox refers more to time and space than it does to actual tangible items or objects. I'm not sure it really applies here. I guess it depends, like everyone else has said, on whether you're talking about physical objects or things like numbers.
3/17/06 8:12 PM
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To divided anything infinetly you would need infinite time. So it is only possible if time has this quality.
10/8/06 8:42 PM
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The way I've always understood it, from a mathematical point of view, a number is a marker, an idea. As such, between markers '1' and '2' there exists an infinite number of points. There was also some shit about a singularity I forget...
11/6/06 12:09 AM
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numbers in themselves are infinite...the language of God...to divide something into infinte is impossible with some thing that is finite such as an item here on earth...
2/5/07 1:29 AM
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No.
2/7/07 4:22 PM
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would be interesting to get 100 theoretical physicists respond. A significant percentage may very well disagree with Snapper, I think
2/12/07 7:24 PM
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in nature this question is still (and probably forever will be) indeterminate no matter what the current trent in theoretical physics is. As of now, it is "strings". In theory though, you can obviously divide an entity ad infinitum. "1/infinity" and there you go:)
7/14/07 11:48 PM
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Edited: 15-Jul-07 12:35 AM
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Answer: No According to Quantum theory every "thing" be it matter, or energy is quantized. Quantizatin means there is a smallest amount or quantum. One of the outstanding questions and areas of current research in physics is, Is spacetime quantized? If spacetime is continuous, you could take a length no matter how short, say the planck length (10^-33 cm) and divide it into a smaller length. However if spacetime IS quantized, this would not be possible. There would be a smallest possible length both in space and time. Of course in mathematics you can divide by infinity as was said, but in the limit this goes to zero. 1/(infinity)=0 so there is nothing
7/20/07 10:06 AM
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A real item cannot. The quantum world is granular. A theoretical number can though because it's not real.

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