Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Math in a Minute: Welcome to Hotel Infinity paradox

Imagine a hotel with an infinite number of rooms holding a limitless number of guests. What happens if an additional person arrives looking for a place to stay? Or if an infinite busload of people shows up?
In this animation produced by The Open University and narrated by actor David Mitchell, we follow a famous paradox proposed by mathematician David Hilbert that demonstrates the strange properties of infinity.   
If you enjoyed this post, check out other episodes in our animated series such as how to comb a hairy ball or a video about machine intelligence.


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