September 24, 2008
A lot of big numbers are getting tossed around these days. Numbers like trillion.
We can lose sight of how big a trillion really is. This helps:
1 million seconds = 11 days
1 billion seconds = 32 years
1 trillion seconds = 32 thousand years
Or to put it another way:
A million seconds ago was the week before last.
A billion seconds ago, I was in grad school.
A trillion seconds ago there were Neanderthals in Europe.
Trillion is a big number.
Thanks for that. All that ought to be tattooed across Congressional foreheads... I would suggest Bush, as well, but he can't read.
Posted by: edward Beardsley at September 25, 2008 11:45 AM
Now, the Neanderthals are in Washington.
Posted by: Bob at September 29, 2008 10:32 AM