An infinite Easter egg

The mathematical concept of infinity describes the absence of limits. Although it is not a number, it is often used to identify a number greater than any real number (a real number represents a quantity along a continuous line, like a ruler).

The symbol for infinity

The symbol for infinity

 

The real number line

The real number line

In our physical reality, it is not possible for us to measure infinity, nor is it possible to fit the infinite within a finite (real-valued) volume, e.g., all of space squeezed into an egg. However, it happened once and this event is central to our celebration of Easter.

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In the hours between Jesus’ betrayal by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane and His death on the cross, the infinite span of suffering that you and I earned through sin (disobedience to God) was compressed into just a few hours and imposed on Jesus, the sinless son of God.

Jesus’ willingness to accept this impossible level of suffering on our behalf and, ultimately, His resurrection and victory over our sin is the reason we celebrate Easter!

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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