Monday, December 26, 2005

Babies and energy 

The Birth Themes of Christmas interacted with new books to remind me that a new born baby weighs about 3kg. Using Einstein's e=mc2 formula that means the baby embodies the same amount of energy as Hurricane Katherine raging for an hour at full force. It would take a major electrical power station a year to generate that amount of energy and if the parents had to pay for this it would cost them up to a thousand million pounds give or take the odd million.

And the rocks at the summit of Mount Everest are marine limestone, laid down below the surface of a lost sea and driven into the skies by massive tectonic collisions.

So much to wonder at and surprise us in our world, one way or another. Even politics takes a back seat...

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