Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Infinite Hotel

This story is a follow-up to The Highest Number.

David Hilbert had worked hard for it, but after what seemed like an eternity, his Grand Hotel was finally completed. So many people had been involved in building it, it was impossible to keep count. But there it was, up and running, with more guests coming in every day. And Hilbert's Grand Hotel was grand alright. You see, this hypothetical hotel had an infinite amount of rooms. A feature Hilbert was keen to advertise: “The hotel that always has a room available!

Business was good. Hilbert enjoyed his tasks as manager, as quirky situations tend to occur a lot in a hotel with infinitely many rooms. Such a situation often required a mind-bending solution, just the kind of challenge Hilbert liked. And with the hotel quickly filling up, things were about to get crazy.