Large Numbers: The Physics Version   Leave a comment

Overheard the other day at the on-campus coffee shop:  “Jessica Alba is hotter than the Planck temperature!”  Ah, working on a campus full of nerds is fun sometimes.

What’s the Planck temperature?  Well, it might be the opposite of absolute zero – absolute hot!  Then again, it might not, physicists don’t really know.  In numerical terms, it’s about 100 million million million million million degrees, or 1032 Kelvin.

The Nova article puts it in perspective thusly: “In short, saying 1032 K is hot is like saying the universe occupies some space.”

Posted May 28, 2008 by padraic2112 in physics, science

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