This symbol was first used in mathematical studies by John Wallis, in the year of 1655 to represent when certain elements have no limit. Wallos was apparently inspired by the Greek symbol of the uróboros.
481/5000 Indeed, the infinity symbol is believed to be related to the ancient Greek symbol of the uróboros, in which a snake-shaped animal or features, such as a dragon, bites its tail. The image is associated with the eternal return, with the cycles that repeat and last forever. It represents, then, a conception of life as an infinite, although not linear, phenomenon. It is not strange, therefore, to see the infinity symbol represented as a coiled serpent in the shape of ∞