Visualizing Vastness: Fascinating Article from NYT

This article is about helping humans understand incomprehensible vastness in any subject matter by translating it to a human scale. I learned a lot reading this, and I’m looking forward to following the links included in the article.

My mind is boggled by this fact: the scale of income inequality in the United States is vastly bigger than the scale of the SOLAR SYSTEM!!! The scale of the solar system is six orders of magnitude (10 to the power of 6), while the scale of income inequality is 10 orders of magnitude (10 to the power of 10). Still really too vast to comprehend, but it helps to put it in some kind of context. But then again, that makes it all the more alarming, at least to me.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/15/visualizing-vastness/

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