Lost in the Labyrinth
Giordano Bruno and the Quest for Infinity
Bruno’s speculations about infinity covered both extremes of this concept: the infinitely small (the atom) and the infinitely large (the universe). However, in using the tools of mathematics to understand infinity, Bruno encountered a number of obstacles, which doomed his efforts to failure. This project analyzes the reasons of such failure and how they relate to Bruno’s biography. I claim that Bruno’s mathematics is best understood in the context of his project of religious reform. Thus, it was to challenge the prevailing order that Bruno set off to conquer infinity, although he fell short of his mathematical ambitions and ended up losing himself in the labyrinth of the continuum.
Peer Reviewed Articles
Perspectives on Science 30, no. 3 (Accepted: May-June 2022), Special Issue on “The Untold Stories of Renaissance Mathematics”