Nicholas of Cusa was a

cardinal of the

Catholic Church who lived during the 1400's. He was a great

philosopher,

mathematician and

scientist.

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.