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The physics of infinity

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David Hilbert famously argued that infinity cannot exist in physical reality. The consequence of this statement — still under debate today — has far-reaching implications.

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  1. Mathematics Department, University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa

    • George F. R. Ellis
  2. Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

    • Krzysztof A. Meissner
  3. Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik (Albert-Einstein-Institut), Potsdam, Germany

    • Hermann Nicolai


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