# Finite

In

mathematics, a

set is called

**finite** if there exists no

bijection between the set and any of its proper subsets. Equivalently, a set is finite if its

cardinality, i.e. the number of its elements, is a

natural number. For instance, the set of

integers between -15 and 3 is finite, since it has 17 elements. The set of all

prime numbers is not finite. Sets that are not finite are called

infinite.

In physics, the term finite is in addition used in the meaning of "non-zero", for instance in a sentence like "if the distance of the two objects is finite...".

See also: infinity, countable set