Zeno’s Paradoxes

zeno's paradoxes

Zeno was a Greek philosopher who lived circa 490 to 430 BC. Zeno’s paradoxes paradoxes have puzzled us for more than 2500 years now; three of them are presented here for you to ponder upon.

1. Achilles and the tortoise


In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead.

 

2. Dichotomy paradox

That which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal.

 

3. Arrow paradox

If everything when it occupies an equal space is at rest, and if that which is in locomotion is always occupying such a space at any moment, the flying arrow is therefore motionless.

Let’s think!

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