The Rise and Fall of Astrology and the Future Fall of the so-called Infinity (Videotaped lecture)

By Doron Zeilberger

Posted: March 29, 2012.

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[This lecture was delivered on March 29, 2012 at the Rutgers University Astronomy Club, by invitation of its founder and president, Viraj Pandya].

Prejudice is part of human nature, that's why we all are (to various degrees) racists, sexists, chauvinists, and elitists. But an equally despicable prejudice is "time-chauvinism", dismissing the scientific beliefs of past generations as mere superstition. True, we now know better than Newton and Kepler, who strongly believed in Alchemy and Astrology, but in a few hundred years, future generations will make fun of us, dwellers of the early 21st century, for our many superstitious beliefs, the most ridiculous one being the strong belief in the actual (and even potential) infinity in both the real world and the mathematical world. Yet modern theoretical cosmology is based on modern mathematics, where the "infinite" is the central dogma, hence both modern mathematics AND modern physics and cosmology are seriously flawed.

Acknowledgement: The video was filmed and edited and uploaded by Edinah Gnang


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