The Banach Tarski Paradox

Blog Post Number 53 Written: 07-29-2021 Uploaded : 04-07-2023

I know this is another paradox with too much math for me to explain in a word document. But this is also the last of my pre-generated blog posts. If I even got this far and am still posting them instead of giving them up and letting this fizzle out. I wonder how far I and the books have come now that it’s been a year’s worth of weekly posting. Has book three been published yet? Did book two make any sales? Has there been a movie deal?

But I digress, back to the paradox at hand. The Banach Tarski paradox is a mathematical expression that proves it is possible to make two objects both identical to each other and identical to the original object that the two others were made from. No, I don’t mean identical but smaller, I mean outwardly identical in every way. All you have to do is count to infinity.

I know that’s no real way to explain it, but that’s the easiest way to put it into laymen’s terms. But that’s also the shortest way to put it into laymen’s terms. After that, we have to start talking about graphs, and an infinite number of points on all three axis of the graph. This is even more technical math than what’s in the Fermi paradox, and I won’t pretend to understand it or even try to explain it. I merely wish to tell you it exists and start the conversation rolling. I’m not going to try and compete with v-sauce or who ever else you find on the internet for the scientific explanation of it. The best way to do it simply is with a bar of chocolate cut into chunks, and then you can rearrange those chunks so that the bar of chocolate looks the same afterward, but now you have pieces left over. Don’t believe me? Look it up, then come back here and post a comment, tell me about it, let’s have a conversation.

P.S. Oh how optimistic I was when I wrote this post, not realizing the publisher was going to fold like a lawn chair. But that’s alright, I’m still here, I’m still writing and editing nd will soon have an agent and a bigger better publisher.

Thanks for stopping by, I’ll see you out there.

Published by chacerandolph

Science fiction author and Avionics Technician

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