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[Phys-L] Re: Zeno's Paradoxes

The way the paradox is stated, one feels constrained to consider only
those locations the tortoise has already been at. *IF* you limit
yourself to only those times, it is TRUE that the tortoise will always
be ahead.

Don't know if that addresses your concern but it does mine.

Robert Cohen; 570-422-3428;
East Stroudsburg University; E. Stroudsburg, PA 18301

-----Original Message-----
From: Forum for Physics Educators
[] On Behalf Of Fakhruddin, Hasan
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 3:59 PM

I believe the argument here is something like this (in my
words): Whenever the arrow covers half the distance to the
apple the other half is always left to be covered; this is an
unending process. Similarly, whenever Achilles has reached
any position of the tortoise the tortoise has moved ahead by
some distance.

If it was just a matter of adding an infinite series into a
finite number, these Paradoxes will not have the kind of
notoriety as they do; they would not have boggled the minds
of geniuses over centuries. I am sure the solution lies far
beyond just adding an infinite series. IMHO

Hasan Fakhruddin
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