Paradoxes of Sailing

Paradoxes have long been a driving force in philosophy. They compel us to think more clearly about what we otherwise take for granted. In Antiquity, Zeno insisted that a runner could never complete the course because he’d first need to go half way, and then half way again; and so on indefinitely. Zeno also argued that matter could not be infinitely divisible, else it would be made of parts of no size at all. Even infinitely many nothings combined still measure nothing. These simple thoughts forced us to develop ever more careful and sophisticated accounts of space, time, motion, continuity and measure and modern versions of these paradoxes continue to vex us
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