The Infinite Hotel Paradox


Educator Jeff Dekofsky explains Hilbert’s paradox of the Grand Hotel, a thought experiment that illustrates some curious properties of infinite sets, in this TED-Ed animated lecture. The paradox was devised by German mathematician David Hilbert in the 1920s. The animation was created by director Nadav Arbel and artist Yoni Boaz.




2 thoughts on “The Infinite Hotel Paradox

  1. Tragically, I chose to watch this captivating cartoon in the morning along with my cup of coffee. Thus, my eager and strenuous attempt to follow along and, with my English-major mind, understand it all. It would have made more “sense” if I had delayed my viewing until savoring my second glass of wine later in the evening when I would simply have been entertained by the smooth animation and narration.

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