Erkenntnis:1-6 (forthcoming)

Daniel Hoek
Virginia Tech
Using Riemann’s Rearrangement Theorem, Øystein Linnebo (2020) argues that, if it were possible to apply an infinite positive weight and an infinite negative weight to a working scale, the resulting net weight could end up being any real number, depending on the procedure by which these weights are applied. Appealing to the First Postulate of Archimedes’ treatise on balance, I argue instead that the scale would always read 0 kg. Along the way, we stop to consider an infinitely jittery flea, an infinitely protracted border conflict, and an infinitely electric glass rod.
Keywords Infinity  Supertasks  Omega Paradoxes  Archimedes  Riemann Series Theorem
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-021-00421-w
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