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Posers and Puzzles

  1. Subscriber joe shmo On Vacation
    Strange Egg
    30 Apr '07 02:21
  2. Subscriber joe shmo On Vacation
    Strange Egg
    30 Apr '07 02:25
    The way I see it If you compared youself to a hillside you would be a small ant compared to a buick, then comparing yourself to a picture of the earth that fits on your computer screen, you are almost already non- existent and we havent even left the planet
  3. Subscriber joe shmo On Vacation
    Strange Egg
    30 Apr '07 02:29
    Originally posted by joe shmo
    The way I see it If you compared youself to a hillside you would be a small ant compared to a buick, then comparing yourself to a picture of the earth that fits on your computer screen, you are almost already non- existent and we havent even left the planet
    Can anyone work the math for actual scales?
  4. Subscriber joe shmo On Vacation
    Strange Egg
    30 Apr '07 02:39
    Originally posted by joe shmo
    Can anyone work the math for actual scales?
    If you gave a human the general shape of a cylinder and worked out the surface area compared it to a a sphere the size of the Earth's suface area, then compared that to the suface area of or galaxy in its eliptical form then that seems as far as you could go, as we do not know the shape of our universe. I think your going to need a super-computer to even work out the first ratio!
  5. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    30 Apr '07 12:27 / 1 edit
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_Perspective_Vortex

    Edit: I wanted Total Perspective Vortex as my Location in the Forum settings, but unfortunately it has too many letters.
  6. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    30 Apr '07 16:06
    Originally posted by DeepThought
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_Perspective_Vortex

    Edit: I wanted Total Perspective Vortex as my Location in the Forum settings, but unfortunately it has too many letters.
    I think he is asking where an average human size fits in the order from quantum stuff to galaxy clusters? If so, we are supposedly pretty much in the middle, roughly halfway between the quantum foam and the clusters.
  7. 01 May '07 00:12
    One to a google. ('?'
  8. 01 May '07 08:46
    See this

    http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/index.html
  9. Subscriber joe shmo On Vacation
    Strange Egg
    01 May '07 11:51
    Originally posted by David113
    See this

    http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/scienceopticsu/powersof10/index.html
    Very Cool!...............:'(
  10. 10 May '07 04:27
    If it helps, there are somewhere around 10^86 atoms in the universe. Don't know how many are in a human. I got that number from one of my professors, i could be off a bit... 80 something.
  11. Subscriber joe shmo On Vacation
    Strange Egg
    10 May '07 12:21
    Originally posted by XZantoth
    If it helps, there are somewhere around 10^86 atoms in the universe. Don't know how many are in a human. I got that number from one of my professors, i could be off a bit... 80 something.
    really! thats kind of disapointing. I can fit that number on a few lines of tablet paper., I know that is a humungus amount, but the scale of it all is so far out of reach to fathom as a whole, that it doesn't any inspire any profound thought,...... and thats whats disapointing.
  12. 10 May '07 12:30
    Originally posted by XZantoth
    If it helps, there are somewhere around 10^86 atoms in the universe. Don't know how many are in a human. I got that number from one of my professors, i could be off a bit... 80 something.
    There's got to be more than that. Are you sure your professor didn''t mean theres 10^86 atoms on earth? That would seem more likely but still sounds like its way too small. Looking at all the stuff in my room right now I'd estimate that theres at least 10^10 atoms here if not much more.
  13. 11 May '07 05:18
    Originally posted by Nicky4815
    Looking at all the stuff in my room right now I'd estimate that theres at least 10^10 atoms here if not much more.
    Yes, many times that, a mole (6*10^23 atoms) of water only takes up about a gallon or so, but to get that the rest of that 86 is an incredible amount.
    My professor told us the 86 number in a software algorithms class. If an algorithm takes more calculations than the number of atoms in the universe, there's not much chance it will ever finish. And this can happen very easily. I always thought that was interesting.
  14. 12 May '07 01:10 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by XZantoth
    Yes, many times that, a mole (6*10^23 atoms) of water only takes up about a gallon or so, but to get that the rest of that 86 is an incredible amount.
    Ok using that How many gallons of water do you think there is on earth? If 1 gallon is 6*10^23 then 10 gallons is 6*10^24. To make 10^86 atoms there would have the be 10^63 gallons which may be possible taking into account that most of the planet is water and even if there isn't that much it's still not including the land, or the water on Neptune. When you think about it 10^86 isn't much, for all we know there could be 10^100 planets in the universe.
    I think the number of atoms in the universe is probably around infinity^2. And before people complain (infinity can't be squared), infinity is a number, it is a 1 with a googleplex 0's after it
  15. 12 May '07 07:36
    Originally posted by XZantoth
    If it helps, there are somewhere around 10^86 atoms in the universe. Don't know how many are in a human. I got that number from one of my professors, i could be off a bit... 80 something.
    That's only counting matter. What about all the empty space? That's what most of the universe is anyway, right? So we can approximate the amount of matter as 10^86 atoms, but that doesn't even give a volume (I'm assuming we're scaling the volume). After all, different elements have different atomic radii. So actually, that number doesn't help.