minus infinity

minus infinity

The most negative value, not necessarily or even usually the simple negation of plus infinity. In N bit twos-complement arithmetic, infinity is 2^(N-1) - 1 but minus infinity is -(2^(N-1)), not -(2^(N-1) - 1).
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Individual chapters discuss cosmic acceleration, dark matter, the cosmic ray paradox, renormalization (necessary because infinity minus infinity does not equal zero in physics), the theorized Higgs particle, quantum gravity, string theory, the origin of the universe, and other mysteries.
There's minus infinity and plus infinity,'' George said.
For high values of k, Xnext becomes completely unstable, swinging back and forth between plus and minus infinity.