QOTW: The Fault in Our Stars


Despite being a romantic novel, TFIOS is actually pretty deep. Remember the part where Peter Van Houten explains the Tortoise Paradox? Well, I encountered this question in a philosophy class 3 years ago and the teacher didn’t tell us the answer. I’m glad that there’s one to it in this book: Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

But, is it mathematically right?

So Van Houten is correct when he tells Hazel that some infinities are larger than others, but Hazel is wrong when she extrapolates this to mean that the set of numbers between 0 and 1 is smaller than the set of numbers between 0 and 2. – John Green [http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/86593333663/some-infinities-are-bigger-than-other-infinities]

Check out this video by MinutePhysics

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So it’s literally true, but it’s also a metaphor, see:

In real life there are infinities- there are infinite number of possibilities every seconds. Anything could happen. However, our imaginations have a bigger infinity. They are not limited by any law of physics or law of nature, and that’s the beauty of fiction. Anything could happen in a novel, and what happens to the characters after the story ends has a bigger infinity than what has happened.

A story could be infinitely long. And it’s up to us to write what happens next. My friend once asked me

Would Four move on after Tris’ death?

I can never come up with an answer. I’d like to save the ‘infinity’ from getting smaller. I don’t want to narrow the possibilities. It feels like everything in that world, including time, has stopped when a novel ended. Such weird feeling.

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I’m not sure whether my theory is correct or not. But anyway, I saw the movie with my friends yesterday and it was really good. The soundtrack is awesome too! I’m glad it’s loyal to the book.


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