The Infinite Hotel & Other 60-second Brain Puzzles


Julie and I are putting together a podcast episode on the topic of infinity, so I wanted to share the above video illustrating Hilbert's paradox of the Grand Hotel, devised by mathematician David Hilbert ( 1862 - 1943) and popularized by George Gamow (1904 - 1968). As the video illustrates, the thought experiment plays with our notion of infinity. Do infinities truly exist outside of mathematics and the realm of forms? How does it factor into different fields of thought? Look for an episode on the topic in two weeks...

In the mean time, explore some more 60-Second Adventures in Thought (two playlists of multiple episodes):


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.