Logica Universalis

, Volume 6, Issue 1–2, pp 217–226

How to Take Advantage of the Blur Between the Finite and the Infinite


DOI: 10.1007/s11787-012-0043-z

Cite this article as:
Cartier, P. Log. Univers. (2012) 6: 217. doi:10.1007/s11787-012-0043-z


In this paper is presented and discussed the notion of true finite by opposition to the notion of theoretical finite. Examples from mathematics and physics are given. Fermat’s infinite descent principle is challenged.

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)

Primary 00A30 Secondary 01A05 03A05 03b53 


Finite infinite descent induction opposition paradoxes astronomy Fermat’s principle 

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© Springer Basel AG 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS, Université Paris-Diderot, Institut des Hautes Études ScientifiquesBures-sur-YvetteFrance

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