Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Zeno's Paradox - and its implication on graduation (if any)

As a graduate student, I am really hoping that Zeno's paradox of the tortoise and achilles does not hold true. As per the greek philosopher Zeno, if a tortoise and Achilles are in a race, where the proud achilles gives the tortoise a head start in a race, when the Achilles is covering up the lead given to the tortoise, the tortoise must have already moved some distance. And, when Achilles is making up that lead, the tortoise has moved even further. This is his paradox. Imagine a graduate student working towards his thesis, when her advisor agrees that she has finished half of the work for her thesis, the advisor always adds another small amount. Again when the student finishes that lead, there is always another small addition. Hopefully, this ends... and the student graduates at some time!