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Can't be described as one or many?by Mohd Abdullah
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#1
Sep1913, 11:34 PM

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In physics, are there such things that aren't one or many? For example quantum mechanics, etc. and so on?



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Sep2013, 12:26 AM

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#4
Sep2013, 12:52 AM

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Can't be described as one or many?
The word "many" usually describes a countable quantity. If a type of object is countable, then it can be described, at least in principle as one or many. If we are talking about something that is not countable, then "neither one nor many" may apply. If the elements of some set can be put in correspondence with the real numbers, they would not be countable. However it's still possible to talk about one or many real numbers. "Many" unspecified real numbers always corresponds to a type of infinity. In terms of physical concepts, if "space" is not quantized, it might satisfy the concept of neither one nor many if we are not talking about particular spaces.



#5
Sep2013, 01:09 AM

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One more question, are "time" really limited and finite? 


#6
Sep2013, 01:24 AM

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EDIT: For your second question, I have no idea in general, but I know mine is. 


#7
Sep2013, 02:19 AM

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But some people said "uncountable" are equal to "One", "absolute oneness/singularity" and "utterly unique" and so on. Do you think it is appropriate? What's your opinion? 


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Sep2013, 02:34 AM

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To say uncountable is equal to one is somewhat meaningless IMO. There is only one (continuous) electromagnetic spectrum. Therefore it makes no sense to distinguish one from many when speaking of unique continua. This argument could only make sense if we considered multiple universes with different physics. Since we can't discuss something hypothetical, it makes no sense to consider it in the context of your question. 


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