Hey Guys! So a couple days ago, a friend of ours, my roommate and I were sitting in our room and somehow the concept of inifity came up. Being students of science, we had to explore an idea. My roommate doesn’t really believe in the concept of different sizes of inifinity, at least from an application in the real world stand point, which makes sense since he thinks about things more practically than theoretically.
So the point of the discussion was focussed on one key question… if my roommate gave our friend infinite toothpaste and then he took away infinite toothpaste from my friend shortly after, does he necessarily now have no toothpaste at all? From the perspective of my friend (who will now be named “Juan” since I don’t want to keep typing “my friend”) and I, that situation doesn’t imply zero toothpaste since we were thinking about the relative sizes of infinity. If he gave Juan infinite toothpaste at the size of the real numbers and then took away infinite toothpaste at the size of the natural numbers then Juan would still have infinite toothpaste.
My roommate’s argument was that from a practical standpoint if I give someone an infinite amount of something and then take away an infinite amount, then they’re left with zero.
Which do you agree with?
Also, this weekend was the annual Indian Students Association’s (OASIS) show which included various performances and a fashion show featuring yours truly. Muneeb was co-MC with a grad student named Parul. Here are some pictures!
Always not quite organized, my desk is a constant, yet subtle reminder of why I ultimately chose Caltech: the people. (sigh… I bet you haven’t heard that one before!). It’s no secret that Caltech has a small undergraduate population but, in my experience, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find your people, it means you’ll be able to find them faster!
With the third term fast approaching and the status of COVID on campus pushing all major events to the spring quarter, students of the houses of Caltech were excited. The reason? Interhouse season had arrived. Interhouses, a longstanding tradition of the California Institute of Technology, are summarized as parties hosted by each respective house, usually with a theme, in which the entire undergraduate population is invited to attend. As every undergraduate house of Caltech has its own personality and characteristics, these interhouses too have their own flair depending on the house who hosts them.
Let’s face it: the US loves being just a little different from everyone else. The obvious example? Units of measurement. As an international student from Canada, even I have no clue what’s going on half the time when my friends talk to me and use these weird nonsensical units. And I’ve literally lived on the border between Canada and the States for all my life. After a year here, I’ve finally got a sense of how the two systems of measurement compare and how you can more easily get your bearings with these weird units.
About a dozen frosh sit and stand in a semicircle around a whiteboard. Various Lloyd-themed interhouse names sit on a list awaiting their fate. One by one, possibilities are discussed and voted on, until four remain.