Antoni Tapies

Antoni Tapies

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Motion Paradox

"You cannot traverse an infinite number of points in a finite time. You must traverse half of the given distance before you traverse the whole, and half of that before you can traverse it. This goes on ad infinitum, so that (if space is made up of points) there are an infinite number in any given space; it cannot be traversed in a finite time. " Zeno of Elea 490-430 BC  The famous 'motion paradox' first formulated by Pythagoras. Zeno expounded on it and extended it to other phenomenon. But to me this sums it up. Take time for instance, for  second to pass 1/2 second must pass, for a 1/2 to pass 1/4, for 1/4 to pass 1/8... ad infinitum. I think time is more of an unfolding, like vegetation.

1 comment:

  1. A paradox indeed. The bouncing ball has been used as an illustration.