# The Nature of Infinity — and Beyond

### An introduction to Georg Cantor and his transfinite paradise

Jørgen Veisdal | Dec 17, 2018 | 2 |

Georg Cantor showed a markedly artistic streak as a child and was reportedly an outstanding violinist. His surname ‘Cantor’ in latin means ‘singer’ or ‘musician’. When he in 1867 — at the age of 22 — completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Berlin, he named it *In re mathematica ars propendi pluris facienda est quam solvendi *which in English reads “In mathematics, the art of asking questions is more valuable than solving problems”. Later renowned as a legendarily deep thinker, Cantor would grow up to be the man who dared both ask and answer one of the deepest and most fundamental questions of all:

How big is infinity?

Commonly thought unanswerable, Cantor in the 1870s, ‘80s and ‘90s introduced radical new ideas about the answer to this question which established set theory as a new branch of pure mathematics. This article hopes to introduce you to his most notable work, and its implications. **Continue reading**

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