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Recently, in my spare time, I discovered the world's smallest particle. I named it the goog because it weighs exactly one billion to the minus googol grams.

Is the goog infinitesimally small?

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Answer: no

That which is so small that it cannot be measured is infinitesimally small.


So it was measured - therefore - it can not be that which CAN NOT be measured - and therefore be - infinitesimally small.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh - where do you come up with these things!!! I will not be detered (even if I never get these questions right) - there have been times when I've hovered over the correct answer.

Still This is immensely engaging - frustrating - but engaging! Let me leave you with this question - who, exactly, is your intended audience?

[Mootguy: The people who sign up for this list.]
dtessaro at

Who are you that you might give names to things?

[Mootguy: Anyone can give names to things. Whether the names stick is up to others.]
jcward at

In Galileo's time many things were not yet measured, therefore these particles, according to their perception, were infinitesimally small, although, now that they can be measured, they're not.

So, it all comes down to whether we can measure them or not!
jarsxy at

Can a thing be infinitesimally large?

[Mootguy: Not according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary.]
justinlrbarker at

Like multiplying any number by zero (or vice versa) the result must be zero. Infinity by zero is still zero. Googool is the mathematical infinity; so is zero. Multiply any thing by googool and the result is still, by definition, googool.

[Mootguy: The word googol denotes the number 10 raised to the power 100. This is a whole number; thus, has a finite value. If you multiply x times googol, the result is x googols.]

Want to know everything about infinity? Read "Everything and More" if you have the math background.
xardox at

The answer to this question *could* be yes, depending on what counts as a discovery and what counts as a measurement. You can discover things by inferring their necessity without measuring them (we did this with black holes, for instance). Measurement is a very untidy concept.

It can't be "yes." The question defines a quantity that has an exact measurable weight. That which is infinitesimally small is by definition not measurable.
richard.dub at &&

Technically,I agree with this answer. However, language is useful for its intent as well as its accuracy, so I would also be inclined to accept "infinitesimally small" as a description of anything that's smaller than minute. The goog, hence, qualifies.

As a board game, MooT has to be strict with its definitions: there has to be either a right or a wrong answer. This is achieved by using the definitions provided by the Concise Oxford Dictionary. Outside of MooT world, the meaning of words is less precise, but the words are no less useful.
lornamacphee at

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