Dr. Eugenia Cheng
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Online Contact Form: June 8, 2021 @ 12:22 AM
Dear Prof. Dr. Eugenia Cheng:
Congratulations on all that you do. Simply amazing.
You are probably aware of Buzz Lightyear and his signature calling, “To infinity and beyond.” An old friend had to introduce me to Buzz just a few months ago. He is a significant character in Disney-Pixar’s Toy Story. Yet, getting beyond infinity is a challenge so I am anxious to read your book, just now discovered, “Beyond Infinity.“
I do not know what to do with David Hilbert’s conclusions, especially when he says, “We have already seen that the infinite is nowhere to be found in reality, no matter what experiences, observations, and knowledge are appealed to.” https://81018.com/hilbert
It seems pi with its never-ending, never-repeating numbers has an element of the infinite within that number generation and it “kind of, sort of” participates in the finite. That is a very active question for me.
Our project began in a high school geometry class in 2011 when we started going inside the tetrahedron (and the octahedron with it): https://81018.com/tot/ and ended up going down to the Planck scale in just about 112 steps (base-2) and then to out to the Age and Size of the Universe in about 90 additional steps. That was a fun discovery.
Is it possible that the chart necessarily includes all things, everywhere, for all time? Doesn’t it beg the question, “What is the relation between the finite and infinite?”
Power in Numbers: The Rebel Women of Mathematics by Talithia Williams, Harvey Mudd College