Unless you’re a mathematician, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about the notion of infinity. Given even a bit more thought, though, it’s something we all might benefit from every day of our lives.
With so much news being about the scarcity of things, it may be easy to overlook news about infinity, or rather our understanding of it. Last July, two scholars were awarded one of the highest honors in math for solving a problem that had stumped mathematicians for seven decades: whether two variations of infinity expressed in sets of numbers are the same.
The seventeen-year-old was sitting slouched in his chair, looking completely bored. He was a resident of a government correctional facility, following a criminal conviction.
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of a landmark report on criminal justice titled “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society. ” Written by a special commission appointed by President Lyndon Johnson, it called for “a revolution in the way America thinks about crime.
Considering the implications of giving Saudi women the right to drive (see editorial on facing page) helped me appreciate my own journey in breaking barriers in thought regarding women. For instance, I once was appointed to a position that automatically made me a member of a regional ecumenical group of about ten members.
Most nations are in a race for higher levels of innovation and none more so than Saudi Arabia. It is desperate for investments that tap its people’s talents for new industries, not its dwindling reserves of crude oil.
It’s so encouraging to hear how athletes have been taking a strong ethical stand for fair, drug-free play in the Olympic Games (see editorial on facing page). In significant ways, honesty and integrity bless.
Many Olympic athletes, of course, exhibit the finest qualities of sports, such as excellence, discipline, and teamwork. But lately they have also showed immense integrity.
It’s tempting to buy into the common belief that having a high opinion of oneself is the route to accomplishing great things. But the greatest leader of all time, Christ Jesus, whose life and teachings have healed countless people and inspired billions to become Christians, said, “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” ( Matthew 5:5 ).
The head of Kobe Steel, a giant manufacturer of metal products in Japan, made a rare admission on October 12, 2017. After admitting his company had long lied about the quality of its materials, which are used worldwide in products from cars to computer chips, Hiroya Kawasaki added: “Trust in our company has dropped to zero.