Another thing, if you are anything like me, I lose touch with numbers when they start using huge plusses or minuses to the powers of a number. Yeh, I know, it is a short way to write a huge number so that you don’t have to write a whole bunch of zeros, either before or after the number, depending where the decimal point is and if it is large or small number. I have used numbers with powers in a lot of calculations.
OK, let us combine my first two paragraphs and just wonder about how big or how small something looks like at distances to the power of 10. Hard to visualize in your mind after the first jump, isn’t it? It is for me. So how do we visualize it? How about a short 3 minute movie that explains both close and far at distances of different powers of 10? The editorial in my new Discover magazine had a link to this movie “The Power of Ten” and I think that you all would enjoy it. So just sit back, turn your sound on, open your mind and your eyes, and watch this enlightening and entertaining short flick:
Hope you enjoyed it. You all have a wonderful Father’s Day now, you hear?