Nicholas of Cusa was a cardinal
of the Catholic Church
who lived during the 1400's. He was a great philosopher
He applied mathematical
symbols and concepts to theology
. To him, God
was the ultimate union between opposites
. His most famous observation was this:
Given a circle
with a radius
"R", a central angle
"A", and an arc length "L", the equation for A will, obviously, be
A = (360*L)/(2piR).
If the arc length (L) stays constant, as the radius (R) approaches infinity
, the angle A will approach zero. The arc length will, therefore, become a line
when the radius is inifinitely large. Every line might simply be part of an infinitely large circle (for, example, the line of time
). . .
Because such a union of opposite - the line and the arc - coincide in inifinity, God is, therefore, inifnity. He also made some additional observations about how opposite extremes met in inifinity as well.