Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Quote of the Day

There are 10^11 stars in the galaxy. That used to be a huge number. But it's only a hundred billion. It's less than the national deficit! We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.

~Richard Feynman, physicist, Nobel laureate (1918-1988)

Thanks to Bill Goffe.

4 Comments:

At 10/15/2008 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are hundreds of billions of water molecules in a pond. We used to call that astronomical numbers. Now we should call them wet numbers.

- Anonymous, no diploma, Won no prize

 
At 10/15/2008 8:48 PM, Blogger goodthing22 said...

that's funny in a sad way....

 
At 10/15/2008 10:01 PM, Anonymous qt said...

Nice quote.

Anon.

you're trying too hard. do you really have to have the last word?

 
At 10/16/2008 11:52 AM, Blogger DB said...

Feynman was a great one for quotes. He once said that "Physics is to Mathematics as masterbation is to sex." I still haven't figured that one out.

 

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