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# Is infinity a number?

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Jump to navigationJump to searchQuestion: Is infinity a number?

Answer: No.

However, it's tempting often to treat the (positive or negative) infinity a special kind of number because it behaves like one sometimes:

- you can add and multiply infinities (but not subtract or divide);
- you can perform all four algebraic operations with infinity and a finite number;
- you can compare infinity and any finite number;
- you can add a point to the real line and treat this point as the "location" of infinity.

Infinity should be treated properly via limits.