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
Is the goog
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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
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
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 aol.com
Who are you that you might give names to
[Mootguy: Anyone can give names to things. Whether the names stick is
up to others.]
jcward at cox.net
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
So, it all comes down to whether
we can measure them or not!
jarsxy at yahoo.com
Can a thing be infinitesimally large?
[Mootguy: Not according to the
Concise Oxford Dictionary.]
justinlrbarker at hotmail.com
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 charter.net
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 &&mail.mcgill.ca
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 aol.com
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