Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book Chapter:  Feynman, Richard (Dec 29, 1959), There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom, Engineering and Science Magazine, California Institute of Technology, Retrieved on 2010-11-13


03 JAN 2011

 Number of Bits for a Set of Encyclopedias are Minuscule C...

I have estimaged how many letters there are in a the Enclyclopaedia, and I have assumed that each of my 24 million books is as big as an Encyclopaedia volume, and have calculated, then, how many bits of information there are (10^15). For each bit I allow 100 atoms. And it turns out that all of the information that man has carefully accumulated in all the books in the world can be written in this form in a cube of material one two-hundredths of an inch wide--which is the barest piece of dust t...
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Feynman estimates the number of atoms neccessary for storing a set of encyclopedias, and then compares that to the amount of data included in a DNA string.

Parent Reference

 The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Feynman, Richard and Robbins, Jeffrey (1999), The Pleasure of Finding Things Out, MJF Books, New York, NY 10001, Retrieved on 2010-11-07
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