Monday, 12 March 2012

Something I Found Hugely Interesting


The other day I was watching a documentary that explored the idea of 'infinity'. It's actually a very complicated subject. According to the theory of infinity, if everything continues forever (with there being infinite infinities) then it is possible that a monkey could type out the entire works of Shakespeare - over 800,000 characters, not including spaces - in the exact right order by randomly slapping its hands on a keyboard.

However, the chances of this happening equate to 1 in 10, followed by 9 million 0's. In other words, it's as likely as a person winning every single lottery, every week/month/year for 29 thousand years in a row. If you ask me, that's a pretty mind-blowing thing to think about. Yet if the size of the universe is infinite, there is a very real chance that within our infinite existence there is another world out there which is exactly the same as ours with a monkey doing this right now. Infact, if infinity is true (which many people think it is) then there would be an infinite amount of monkeys typing out the works of shakespeare.

Pretty mind-boggling right?

7 comments:

  1. This is actually really thought-provoking and gives me goosebumps.

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    1. Haha! I'm glad that I'm not the only one who feels this way. I thought it was so interesting and awesome when I watched it. Here' the link to it for anyone that's interested:

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00qszch/Horizon_20092010_To_Infinity_and_Beyond/

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  2. hahaha the monkey looks like very good ! D: D

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  3. So cool with the monkey and all :D

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  4. It's some monkey business!! :P

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