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[Phys-L] Re: Zeno's Paradoxes

Zeno's paradox goes away once you have the notion of instantaneous
velocity, which was not available at the time.

On Mon, 28 Mar 2005, Fakhruddin, Hasan wrote:

What's the solution for the first Paradox: An arrow travles half the
distance to the apple and again half of the half ad infintum. How is it
possible for the arrow to ever reach the apple?

Hasan Fakhruddin
Instructor of Physics
The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities
Muncie, IN 47306

-----Original Message-----
From: Forum for Physics Educators [] On
Behalf Of Dan Schroeder
Sent: Saturday, March 26, 2005 8:36 PM
Subject: Re: Zeno's Paradoxes

There's a pretty large body of literature on Zeno's Paradoxes, and not
all philosophers would agree that they have been solved. Do a google
search or a library search to learn more. One interpretation of the
paradoxes is that they challenge us to think about whether space and
time are continuous or discontinuous. The answer, according to modern
physics, seems to be something more subtle than either. Some
philosophers might go so far as to claim that Zeno's paradoxes told us
this all along, though I wouldn't put it that way myself.

Dan S.

"Trust me. I have a lot of experience at this."
General Custer's unremembered message to his men,
just before leading them into the Little Big Horn Valley
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