part 2 in a finite series on infinity
(see also part 1)
A few weeks ago, the webcomic Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal posted a cartoon about the harmonic series.
(Obviously it’s a mistake to post an actual cartoonist’s work alongside my own second-grade-quality scrawl, but hey, maybe I’ll benefit from a math humor cheerleader effect.)
Now, what is the harmonic series? It’s this:
The sum never stops. It goes on forever and ever. Lovely, yes, but does it—in any meaningful sense—“equal” anything? Continue reading