From: J. Frost
Subject: Re: Pi math
It is a sequence of 50 zeros, followed by a 3. One billionth is a sequence of 8 zeros, followed by a one. There is no words for something this tiny. Even 'one quadrillionth' is only 24 zeros. This number is unbelieveably tiny, in Physics, there is a quantity called the 'planck lenght' this is the smallest meaningful length in the universe: anything smaller and the laws of physics and quantum mechanics cannot describe anything. One planck legth is about 10^-35 meters, again, this number isnt anywhere as small as the probability I gave you! No one can even begin to grasp it.
Then Mr Frost sent me this -
Message: Hi Ross,
Unfortunately, I cant say I agree with you're blog, but not to worry. I've found through my interest in science and mathematics, that 'random' things can infact occur naturally, and very simple mathematical processes can form quite extrodinary 'patterns' and relations. When you realise this, you'll see that co-incidences arent at all rare and extraodinary events (i.e. very low probability) happen VERY VERY frequently; they only have meaning because we appply meaning to them. They are infact quite natural. But beutiful nontheless. Consider putting the numbers 1 to 10 billion on 10 billion pieces of paper and mixing them up, then selecting one at random. Say you picked 10856. What were the odds of that! There was only a chance of 1 in 10 billion that you could have picked that number! Yet, it happened... and even more 'improbable events' will continue to happen if you pick more numbers! When you pick a sequence of scrabble letters, that sequence is just as likely as any other. The only reason it seems amazing is that you apply meaning to it. All 34 letter sequences are equally likely, and since you are going to pick one, then its hardly surprising that one of them occurs!