Didn't read the whole thread, but I would like to say Hats off to the OP. I dont know how old you are, or were you are in a career, but that type of
thinking is what makes scientists, scientists!
The biggest Awes for me are the very small. At the plank length which is around 10^-36 inches. Here are some analogies I will steal from others.
A proton's diameter is on the order of 10^-15 m (10^20 Planck lengths).
The observable universe has a diameter something like 100 billion light-years (being generous). Since 1 light-year is about 10^16 m., the size of the
universe is on the order of 10^27 m.
The total span, in powers of 10 (i.e., thinking logarithmically), goes from -35 to +27, all together 62 orders of magnitude.
The midpoint is at 10^(-35 + 31) = 10^-4 meters = 1/10 of a millimeter. But this estimate is so rough we might as well say 1 millimeter. What's round
and 1 mm in diameter? How about a poppy seed? (I like them on bagels.)
Analogy #1 for Planck length:
The Planck length is tinier than a poppy seed by the same factor as the poppy seed is smaller than the observable universe!
How big is an atom? Let's say 1 nanometer = 10^-9 m. This is 10^26 Planck lengths (26 = 35-9). 10^26 millimeters = 10^23 m. 1 light-year = 10^16 m. So
10^26 mm equals 10^7 light-years (7 = 23-16), hence...
If the Planck length were the size of a poppy seed, then A SINGLE ATOM would be ten million light years in diameter!!
Edit: If you notice I said the plank length is 10^-36 inches, and later 10^-35 meters. Thats how big a number or small a number 10^-35 is. (tho the
estimating changes things a bit more )
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