More Grains of Sand or More Stars in the Sky?
In case this question has been keeping you up at night, here’s your answer, plus a bonus fact that will blow your mind about the number of molecules in ten drops of water (you’ll have to read the article for the answers).
A teaser from the article:
So next time I look up at the sky at all those stars, I will be impressed, of course, by the great numbers that are out there. But I will remind myself that at the other end of the scale, in the nooks and crannies of the physical world, in the teeniest of places, there are equally vast numbers of teenier things.
We are surrounded by vastness, high and low, and either way, as Blatner’s book says, we “can’t handle the biggitude.”
You’re welcome. Isn’t God amazing?
David Blatner’s forthcoming book is called Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe, from Infinitesmal to Infinity.
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