Foundations of Science

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 209–216 | Cite as

The Collapse of Supertasks



A supertask consists in the performance of an infinite number of actions in a finite time. I show that any attempt to carry out a supertask will produce a divergence of the curvature of spacetime, resulting in the formation of a black hole. I maintain that supertaks, contrarily to a popular view among philosophers, are physically impossible. Supertasks, literally, collapse under their own weight.


Change Events Formal ontology Spacetime  Quantum mechanics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR, CCT La Plata, CONICET)Buenos AiresArgentina

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