Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Atom!

  • The average adult human weighs approximately 70 kg (154 U.S. pounds) and is estimated to be composed of around seven thousand trillion trillion atoms. That is a seven followed by twenty seven zeroes: 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.    
  • According to the University of Hawaii the number of grains of sand on all of the beaches of the world is roughly calculated at around seven and a half quintillion – that is seventy five followed by seventeen zeros: 7,500,000,000,000,000,000.
  • So if we divide the number of atoms in an average human body by the number of grains of sand on all of the beaches of the world we come to the stunning answer that it will take over 933 million planet Earths worth of beach sand grains to add up to the number of atoms in just one average adult person!

If like me this statistic makes your mind go POP, you will absolutely love this next three part BBC documentary on the amazing & hard-won discovery of the atom and how it completely revolutionized our conceptions of ourselves and place in this fascinating Universe we find ourselves in.

BBC – Atom

Episode 1: Clash of the Titans

Episode 2: The Key to the Cosmos

Episode 3: Illusion of Reality

... and if you enjoyed this series and are interested in other posts along these lines try Our Unfolding Science.

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