Webinar on a Trip Through the History of Infinity

The Webinar on a Trip Through the History of Infinity took place on Wednesday, October 21th, 2020 from 7 pm until 8:30 pm, with Dr. Esptiben Rojas, professor and researcher in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Magallanes in Chile, as our invited speaker. This virtual event was free and open to the general public.

The invited speaker started the virtual event by pointing out that humans have been thinking about infinity for more than 5,000 years and we have been asking ourselves if space and time are finite or infinite. On our trip, we learned about the Greeks Anaximander, Zeno of Elea, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid and Archimedes. Dr. Esptiben Rojas also talked about Galileo Galilei, Pascal, Fermat and Jhon Wallis, who was the first person to use the symbol of an 8 lying down to denote infinity. Since on our trip through the history of infinity we only reached the 1600s, we will be organizing the sequel of this interesting presentation.