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Subject:  Re: Religionists miss the scale of things Date:  3/11/2005  5:41 PM
Author:  GusSmed Number:  143495 of 525436

To somebody who is not innumerate, saying "The number is 10^500" is exactly as informative as saying "imagine writing 500 zeroes down on a piece of paper"

That's why I avoided scientific notation when doing my back of the envelope calculations in my divisions / base pair change post. Saying 5.6 x 10^24 doesn't have the same impact on some people. I will say that number is a lot of encylopedias. Using Flew's word count approach, it's half an encyclopedia of encyclopedias of encyclopedias.

- Gus
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