21 April 2011

Why Only 38 Billion?

Isn't it curious that a number that really is huge, if you think about it in terms that you can understand, like 38 Billion or 1000 million X 38, the latter sounds and looks much more alarming to me, does it to you? And then we are supposed to realize that 38 Billion is spitting in the ocean compared to 3.8 trillion? Shouldn't we write 1000 Billion X 3.8 to alert us common folk to the enormousness of the number?

Here is a You Tube presentation by an easy to understand professor that addresses this same question in a different way.

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