What is the difference between ∞ and ♾️? Both are described as infinity in MacOS character viewer, though in the first case it is INFINITY and in the second case infinity

  • I think the blue one is a colour emoji "forever" symbol. On this page when I inspect it, it says it's a Segoe UI Emoji. I'm using Windows though. Might be different on a Mac. The first one (in black) is just the regular infinity glyph from a regular font.
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 23, 2023 at 23:52
  • You can see it here in this screenshot when I inspect it.
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 24, 2023 at 0:00
  • @BillyKerr One is blue for your? For me they are both black.
    – d-b
    Nov 24, 2023 at 0:17
  • Yes it's a blue emoji for me. This one here. But I'm on Win 11. No idea what a Mac will show.
    – Billy Kerr
    Nov 24, 2023 at 0:19
  • @BillyKerr What inspector "mode" are you in on your screen shot? I'm on Firefox and can't find your view. How did you get there?
    – d-b
    Nov 24, 2023 at 0:23

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The first is Infinity, the second is actually the 'permanent paper sign'.

If you search in the Character viewer, then the initial result says 'infinity' but if you then open up the unicode, the name changes [who knows why] & you see it's grouped with other recycling symbols. Also note it's not truly continuous like infinity, it's more of a möbius strip.

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'True' infinity, on the other hand, is grouped with other mathematical symbols.

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On Mac, rather than try to inspect it in a browser, copy/paste it into the Character Viewer
[I think the default key command is Ctrl ⌃ Cmd ⌘ [Space] ]

Emojipedia (yes, really;) explains the possible confusion.

The symbol for infinity enclosed within a circle or square. Originally encoded as a symbol to represent acid-free paper, this permanent paper sign was later given emoji presentation to form an infinity emoji.
May also be used by members of the autism rights movement to represent neurodiversity.
Infinity was approved as part of Unicode 4.1 in 2005 under the name "Permanent Paper Sign" and added to Emoji 11.0 in 2018.

I noticed most of the font variations do have it in a circle.

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