If you think too hard about infinity,
You may lose your last bit of sanity.
Come on, just how big CAN it be?
Take all of the stars plus the sand at the sea,
Then add all the atoms in both you and me.
You aren't there yet,
But you're starting to see
The hugeness of infinity.
It's all the tomorrows
and all the befores.
It's a lot MORE than more,
And then, even more.
If you try to count it,
You won't just be bored,
Your mouth will go dry,
And the sweat will pour,
And you'll die of hunger or thirst, for sure.
'Cause infinity's longer than the lines at the stores,
In all of the countries in all of the world.
It's more than the distance to planet Glor,
More than the weight of all dinosaurs.
Every number dries up on infinity's shore.
It's bigger and longer and older and further and...
Copyright B.C. Byron 2021
I get pretty excited about math, especially the number infinity. Not everyone shares my enthusiasm for numbers. If you’re like me, though, the first time you learn a cool math concept you stay up all night thinking about it and all day telling your friends. I’ve ruined many dinner parties talking about Einstein’s relativity and statistics. But really, I think I just need to invite more nerds to my dinner parties. If you have an affinity for infinite and really get into math in general, I’m having a barbecue next Friday. We can estimate how many molecules are in our hamburgers and calculate the probability that I’ll burn them on the grill. While we’re munching burgers, we can pass the time with light conversation about the exact amount of time it would take to travel to the star Alpha Centauri using different rocket propulsion methods. For dessert, I’ll be serving PI.